Ducroux vines in Thulon

The Beautiful Natural Wines of Christian Ducroux: 2020 "Exspectatia," "Esquisse" Rosé and "Cuvée Thibault!"

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Chambers Street is honored to work with Christian Ducroux, who produces some of the world's most vibrant and delicious natural wines from his five hectares of living soils in Thulon, above Regnié-Durette in the Beaujolais. The estate has been practising organic and Biodynamic farming, with minimal plowing, since 1985.

Christian aims for mature grapes, but that have low sugar levels, in the style of Chauvet, with normally 10.5 to 12.5% alcohol as finished wines. Vinifications here are with wild yeasts, with zero sulfur added, with usually a pied-de-cuve taken a week or two earlier from all his parcels. It's hard to communicate the committment and energy at this estate, showing that viticulture can be healthy, almost totally self-sufficient, and beneficial to its environment while producing vibrant natural wines at the highest levels of artistry! 

Case qantities are possible for "Exspectatia" and "Esquisse," three-bottle maximum please for "Cuvée Thibault." October arrival.

Christian (Photo: E. Lillie)
In cellar with Eben (Photo P. Lepeltier)

Ducroux, Christian 2020 Vin de France Exspectatia

Christian Ducroux' 5 hectare  estate has been certified organic and biodynamic since 1985, and has operated as a nearly self-sufficient farm, producing its own fertilizer and compost, and plowing and harvesting almost entirely without machinery. The vines average over 60 years of age and are replaced by massale selection, giving extremely low yields. The vines co-exist with a wild proliferation of vegetation which is minimally controlled by horse-drawn plowing. (Christian has been practising this type of regenerative agriculture for 35 years, and he's very happy that more vineyards are now using these methods!)  The 2020 shows a bright, clear red/garnet color, with elegant high-toned raspberry aromas with violet, earth and citrus. The palate shows lovely purity of fruit, less weight than the riper 2019, but better balance and brightness with raspberry, plum, earth and mineral flavors that continue in the long clean finish. With time open the aromas have broadened to include blackberry, anise and spice and  the flavors darken with black fruits and earth. Really a fascinating glass of pure juice! As with many wines without SO2, it's probably best consumed on the day open, but cellaring of 8 to 10 years should be quite interesting. Bravo to Christian Ducroux!  David Lillie 

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $18.49

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ducroux 2020 Vin de France Esquisse Rosé

Christian Ducroux's unique "Esquisse" Rosé is a totally natural wine, made without sulfur-dioxide or other additives or adjustments, 100% Gamay from a high-altitude parcel above Thulon, and usually containing the secondary grapes ("grisemottes") harvested in late October. Low alcohol (11.5%) and ultra-refreshing... The 2020 shows a pale pink/orange color, the aromas show a hint of spice with creamy raspberry fruit with rose petal and citrus. The palate shows subtle, bright berry fruits, citrus and minerals with a touch of earthiness in the finish with firm acidity. Very refreshing, quite naturally delicious, serve quite cool with just about anything....

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.49

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur