"Gilles Crochet produces high quality wines, refined, complex, balanced and soft."
The large variety of soils in the Loire Valley is characterised by diverse natural environments. This region can be sub-divided in four climates, from western coastal regions to inlands - Pays Nantais / Anjou-Saumur / Touraine / Central Vineyards. The Eastern end of the Loire is geographically a vast chalk bed made of fossilized sea shells giving Central Vineyards' soils their characteristics: a continuation of the Kimmeridgian clay that extends towards Chablis, with some limestone or flint.
A Passionate Lineage
Domaine Lucien Crochet, located in Bué, is now under the direction of Lucien’s son Gilles. He is the third generation maintaining the highest standards of quality of the appellation. Gilles' wines are often seen on the tables of top restaurants around the world. The vinification of the whites is done in stainless steel vats to keep maximum of freshness and clarity. For the same reason, the malolactic fermentation never occurs. Thanks to Gilles' training and internships in Burgundy with some famous masters, the reds are exceptional. They are made with an extended “cuvaison” and a malolactic fermentation occurring in casks.