Thibault Ducroux En Roue Libre
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Region: Beaujolais, France
Grape varieties: 100% Gamay
Thibault Ducroux En Roue Libre is light-headed, fruity, and crunchy Bojo as we like it! Serve well chilled with some good charcuterie.
Song: Bicycle Race by Queen
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About Thibault Ducroux En Roue Libre
Thibault Ducroux En Roue Libre is light-headed, fruity, and crunchy Bojo as we like it! Serve well chilled with some good charcuterie or goat cheese to nibble on.
About Thibault Ducroux
Thibault Ducroux is one of those winemakers who has been enticed by the vine from practically a toddler’s age: the son of a Beaujolais grower, he recalls how quickly he became passionate while learning the basics of the trade-in his father’s cellar. His desire to understand more about vine-growing led him to study a classical viticulture-enology course in the region, but the real game-changer came when he discovered the works of Jules Chauvet, the ingenious 20th-century research chemist, winemaker, and négociant venerated as the father of the French natural wine movement.
“His works challenged me and finally convinced me that there are different ways of making wine,” the young, athletic, and ever-smiling Thibault explains what led him to get in touch with more of his Beaujolais natural winemaking fellows, such as Jean Claude Lapalu, Michel Guignier, Isabelle and Bruno Perraud or Valentin Morel in Jura. The path was set: once the diploma was in his pocket, Ducroux started to work for another dedicated, up-and-coming Beaujolais grower Julien Sunier, where he learned the ropes of organic viticulture and natural vinification.
At the same time, Thibault also purchased 1.25 hectares of vines in the Beaujolais AOC that gave birth to his very first wine in 2019. This light-headed, fruity and crunchy Gamay is called En Roue Libre (“Freewheeling”) – a smart choice of name that honors both hands-off natural winemaking methods and Thibault’s love for cycling. (He even used to race in a club before dedicating himself to full-time winemaking, and the bike still remains a big weekend pleasure.)
In 2020, Thibault secured a long-term rental of 5 more hectares of old Gamay vines in the Morgon and Fleurie crus. All the vineyards are cultivated according to organic principles and are awaiting certification. Together with the high density of plantation (10,000 plants per hectare) and the impressive age of the vines (50 years on average), this allows Thibault to make wines that offer beautiful structure and terroir focus. In the cellar, the traditional Beaujolais practice of whole-bunch carbonic maceration is de rigueur, using indigenous yeast only. No further manipulations or additives, save for a tiny bit of sulfur at bottling, are used, just as Thibaut learned from all his colleagues.