2013 Domaine Dominique et Janine Crochet Sancerre
 
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Sancerre: July 1, 2014 Sharpening Pencils in Bué-en-Sancerre

Our two days in Sancerre on July 1st and 2nd were both mesmerizing and troubling. Particularly in the center cut of the appellation, the villages of Bué, Chavignol, Amigny and Verdigny, the 2013 vintage is stunning. The top growers waited until October 16th to complete their picking, making 2013 the latest harvest in 25 years.

The good news? Upon bottling, these phenomenally mineral, marvelously pure Sauvignon Blancs were said to be almost too wound-up for early consumption. But now, two months after bottling — for chez Roger, Daulny, Crochet, Pinard, and Reverdy — the wines are exquisite, marrying the highly phenolic honeysuckle concentration of 2008 with the riveting backbone of 2005.

The bad? For the second consecutive vintage, production was down nearly 30 percent, sending prices soaring. Bertrand Daulny, the enologist who oversees the top laboratory in town, told us that the négociants (bottlers who purchase grapes and wine from growers) were obliged to pay the equivalent of 4,50 euros per bottle for unfinished wines to encourage lesser growers to part with a small portion of their harvest. To put that into perspective, after adding the cost of bottling, glass, capsules, and corks, that translates into a $20 bottle stateside — assuming the négociants don't make a penny!

In Bué, young Teddy Crochet — four years after the untimely death of his father, Dominique — turned out a razor-sharp 2013 Sancerre that ranks among the best in the village. Crochet gave us a blow-by-blow of the truly miraculous, roller coaster growing season that turned up roses in the second week of October.

"It seemed like the winter was never going to end," the hulking rugby-man told us. "We were essentially robbed of spring. As a result, the fruit set was tiny. Even had we not hand-sorted throughout the growing season, we would have been down 25 percent compared to 2009. After sorting, it was closer to 40!"

In July, however, Nature did an about face. For almost 10 glorious weeks, the skies were turquoise blue, even as temperatures remained mild. Well-aerated bunches began to mature slowly. Berry size was tiny, often no larger than the tip of Crochet's little finger.

"You learn to trust your vines in growing seasons like these," Teddy continued. "The wet winter turned out to be a blessing in August. Our 40-year-old vines have deep root structure, burrowing over 2 meters into the terres blanches. With the high water table, they never suffered from dehydration."

September and October were somewhat of a crapshoot. The decision of when to pick was hotly debated in Bué, Chavignol and Verdigny. By most accounts, it was those who rolled the dice, waiting to pick until mid-October, that performed most brilliantly. Teddy Crochet did just that, turning out the most mouthwatering Sancerre of his young career.

The 2013 Dominique et Janine Crochet Sancerre is drawn from no less than 40 parcels, all farmed by hand by the Crochet brothers. Glistening green-gold to the rim. Piercing and precise scents of lemon-lime, melon, and pear, tinged with anise. Terrifically wound-up on the attack, after 10 minutes in the glass, slowly peeling away fine layers of mineral complexity, then revealing a mid-palate of impressive depth and tension. Rich and powerful, with luscious apple-pear flavors, enlivened by lemon zest, and finishing with a bracing limestone cut.



Tasting Notes

2013 Domaine Dominique et Janine Crochet Sancerre
"Drawn from no less than 40 parcels, all farmed by hand by the Crochet brothers. Glistening green-gold to the rim. Piercing and precise scents of lemon-lime, melon, and pear, tinged with anise. Terrifically wound-up on the attack, after 10 minutes in the glass, slowly peeling away fine layers of mineral complexity, then revealing a mid-palate of impressive depth and tension. Rich and powerful, with luscious apple-pear flavors, enlivened by lemon zest, and finishing with a bracing limestone cut."
WineAccess Travel Log, July 1, 2014 — Bué-en-Sancerre


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