Thibault Ducroux Beaujolais 'En Roue Libre' 2021

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Thibault Ducroux farms these Gamay grapes on clay and silt soils himself, then ferments the wine via traditional whole-cluster carbonic maceration, then aged in concrete for eight months. It's only Ducroux's second vintage, but these are natural Beaujolais to look out for: fresh, fruity, and with verve. 'En roue libre' translates to 'freewheeling,' or cycling in a neutral gear: a nod to Ducroux's passion for competitive cycling, as well as hands-off, freewheeling viticulture and winemaking.

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DETAILS

  • Category

    Red Wine

  • Country

    France

  • Feature

    Low/No Sulfites Added

    Organic/Biodynamic

  • Grape

    Gamay

  • Region

    Beaujolais

Thibault Ducroux

Thibault Ducroux


Young winemaker, Thibault Ducroux, grew up watching his father make wine, which is where his passion stems from. He runs his six and a half hectare vineyard in Villié-Morgon, Beaujolais, France and produces approximately 40,000 bottles of wine a year. After reading Jules Chauvet’s (‘the father of natural winemaking’) writings, Ducroux became fascinated with natural wine production. He is currently pursuing his diploma in viticulture-oenology.

Ducroux works with is Gamay, which he farms organically and harvests by hand. In the cellar, his grapes undergo carbonic maceration and only ferments with indigenous yeasts. The wines are unfiltered and only a small amount of sulfites are added if necessary.