"Tractors" at Domaine Ducroux

2012s from Christian Ducroux and Introducing Roland Pignard!

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Christian Ducroux’s vines are healthy and happy – as we drove across the hills of Morgon last May, his vineyard glowed in the distance like a shining green oasis in the desert of herbicided and eroded soils of Beaujolais. Rows of fruit trees alternate with each 5 rows of vines, hedges and flowers frame the parcels and legumes and other plants fill the rows.  Vineyard work is done with 2 horses and an enormous “boeuf” – their feed is largely grown by Christian and their manure is used to fertilize the vineyards. It's a truly beautiful vineyard and a wonderful example of self-sufficient biodynamic farming. Like other of the most committed organic growers, Ducroux avoids the use of copper sulfate, an organic treatment harmful to soil life. "There were many things to learn about controlling mildew and oidium” said Christian, during the extremely difiicult 2012 season - he experimented with clay and silica powders with plant extracts, fennugreek and a special copper combined with beet extract. Vinifications here are done without any additives or corrections, thus no sulfur-dioxide is used and the wines are never chaptalized. Christian's wines vibrate with life and are remarkably complex - they are profound examples of completely healthy and sane agriculture. The quantities available for export were tiny in 2012, only the "grisemottes," the small secondary grapes that ripen in late fall, produced a normal crop for his Esquisse Rosé - let's hope that 2013 will bring an ample harvest so we may offer larger quantities of these fascinating wines.

Last year, Christian opened a few bottles of Morgon and Regnié produced by his friend and neighbor, Roland Pignard. The wines were pure and lovely, low in alcohol and were among the most terroir expressive Beaujolais we've ever tasted. The Pignards have 4 and 1/2 hectares, with parcels in Beaujolais-Villages, Regnié and Morgon and are certified organic by Ecocert and Biodynamic by Demeter. They plow and till using horse-drawn implements to avoid compacting the soil. Picking is done by a team of twenty, the same people each year, who do a severe selection in the vineyard. Fermentations are with wild yeasts, with a relatively short 6 to 12 day carbonic-maceration. Roland feels that long macerations can result in the development of undeirable yeasts and bacterias, and gives wines that are too extracted. The Morgon Tradition is aged in old barrels, the other wines in cement cuves. No SO2 is used during fermentation or elevage, with a minimal dose added before bottling giving total SO2 of about 8 - 10 mg/L. The resulting wines have subtle, pure fruit with perfect acidity and a pronounced mineral character with graphite, stone and earthy qualities. Roland and Joelle Pignard are somewhat quiet and shy, but are determined to produce wines that express their terroir "with respect for the land, vines, our health and that of our consumers." We hope you try them! (Photo: Plowing at Domaine Pignard)

 

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Ducroux 2012 Vin de France Prologue

Christian did a longer cuvaison than normal for his "not a nouveau" Prologue, which has given it a more intense palate with a great finish of mouth-coating fruit and acid. Lovely aromas of raspberry and strawberry citrus and spice — really a lovely wine to drink over the next 12 months. 11 degres alcohol — Jules Chauvet would have loved it!

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Ducroux 2012 Vin de France Esquisse Rose

In late October and early November of 2012, Christian Ducroux harvested the "grisemottes" — secondary berries on his high-altitude Beaujolais vines — to make his Esquisse Rose. This is an austere and earthy wine with hints of raspberry and watermelon aromas with a palate of saline minerals and subtle berry fruits. Light but fairly intense, this should improve over the next 6 to 12 months. Too lean for some tastes perhaps, but a fascinating dry and delicious wine. Certified biodynamic with no additives, zero SO2.

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Pignard 2011 Beaujolais-Villages

From 40 to 60 year-old vines in high-elevation parcels above Morgon, not far from Christian Ducroux, certified biodynamic. This is a really lovely wine with delicate raspberry/strawberry aromas that carry through on the pure, light palate. Beautifully balanced with lingering fruit and distinctive mineral acidity in the finish, quite delicious! DL

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Pignard 2010 Regnie

Roland and Joëlle Pignard are doing great work in their 4+ hectares in Regnié and Morgon, certifed organic and biodynamic. They don't seek an excessively "fruity " style which allows the mineral and saline aspects more expression. The 2010 Regnié has subtle aromatics of meaty black fruits, mint and soil. Pretty blackberry/cherry on the palate with great intensity, with stone and graphite aspects and great length. 12.5% alcohol, minimal SO2. The granite soils really show in this extremely "mineral" Beaujolais which should improve over the next 5 to 8 years.

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Pignard 2011 Morgon

We're very proud to have the lovely Morgons of Roland Pignard at Chambers Street. From high-elevation 50 to 60 year-old vines in the commune of Saint-Joseph north-west of Villié-Morgon. Biodynamic farming, no SO2 until a minimal dose before bottling. A relatively short period of carbonic-maceration. This has lovely aromas of raspberry and violets, the palate is light and pretty with red fruits and citrus, very round but with great acidity and a terrific backing of stony mineral flavors. Softer and more open than the 2010, this should drink beautifully over the next 5 years...

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Pignard 2010 Morgon Tradition

The Pignard's Morgon Tradition spends a year in old barrels before bottling. Subtle but intense aromas, almost an eau-de-vie of raspberry and blackcurrant. Intense black fruits on the palate with firm acidity and saline mineral flavors. Hints of coffee, mint and citrus. This is a dark, earthy Beaujolais which will benefit from 5 to 8 years of aging. An intriguing and serious wine...

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