The Crochet domaine evolved through the marriage of the Crochet and Picard families, with the latter family having commenced its vineyard holdings in the Sancerre district as early as 1765. It was the great-grandfather of Lucien Crochet who first installed that part of the family in the region and it was in 1934 that the first bottling of wines occurred at the domaine. The domaine now is under the direction of Lucien Crochet and his son, Gilles. Much of the Crochet holdings are located in the fabled vineyards of the Clos du Chene Marchand and Clos du Roy. The Croix du Roy is the most full-bodied wine of Crochet's three primary Sancerre bottlings. Harvest is done manually and the grapes are crushed in a pneumatic press. Juice is racked off the heavy lees 18 to 24 hours after crushing; fermentation proceeds under controlled conditions at low temperatures.The wines remain on the lees in stainless steel until March of the following year. The wines are lightly fined and filtered and bottled just prior to the next year's harvest.
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