Everywhere in the Crochet family tree, there’s a winemaker.
Xavier Crochet is the seventh generation of Crochets to become a winemaker and turn to livin’ the land. There’s no way around it: winemaking flows through the Crochet family’s veins. Xavier says that it was “natural and like my duty to take over the vineyard.” But Xavier also dabbled in other things. “I tried to fight it by going to school,” he says. That’s what growing up is, in a way: moving away from the only life you know to come back to it when you’re mature and ready. “Deep down, I always knew,” Xavier says. “When I was young, I used to say it all the time.”
Eventually, G. X. Crochet Champagne will go to the couple’s children, 16-year-old Louise and 14-year-old Pierre — if they want it. Gaëlle’s maternal duty kicks in. “We don’t want to force them to do anything,” she says. “But if they want to, we’ll do everything to help them.”
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There’s a way, Xavier says, to describe the production of wine or champagne in purely practical terms. “To produce good wine is to produce a good grape,” he says. “You need to accompany its degradation and control its oxygenation.”
But there’s more to it, of course. Your land and soil play a major role for the grape. If you don’t pour your soul into your champagne, Gaëlle says, it shows.
Here, Xavier chimes in. “Some things change subjectively but not quantitatively,” he explains. “Our champagnes reflect us. There is a lot of us in every bottle, a lot of our soul.”
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