Fleurie is known to be one of Beaujolais' most fragrant, elegant Cru's and this bottling from Thibault Ducroux is certainly no exception. Lightly structured with fine tannins, this is brimming with red crunchy fruit, delicate violets and a tickle of spice on the finish.
Thibault Ducroux farms 6.5 ha of vines in Beaujolais, Morgon and Fleurie. He developed a curiosity about soil, wine and the natural world at a young age, learning about it from his father who is also a vigneron.
Thibault went on to study viticulture and winemaking St-Jean d'Ardière, where he discovered the writing of Jules Chauvet, seen by many as the catalyst of the vin natur movement in France. Feeling there were "other possible paths" to what he was being taught, he worked with Julien Sunier when he left college, learning about organic farming and natural winemaking techniques.
He managed to buy 1.25 hectares in 2019 which goes into his bright, fruity En Roue Libre cuvée, which translates as 'free-wheeling' a nod to both the hands-off winemaking and his love of cycling.
In 2020 he secured a long-term rental on 5 hectares of 50-year-old vine Gamay in Morgon and Fleurie, which are undergoing organic certification. In the cellar he works with whole bunches and carbonic maceration, and only uses natural yeasts, the only addition is a touch of sulphur at bottling. These are beautifully fresh and pure wines, which let their terroirs sing through.