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The Christian Ducroux 2023 "Prologue" Has Arrived -  A Beautiful Natural Wine!

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Christian Ducroux' glorious 2023 Not-a-Nouveau Vin de France "Prologue" has just arrived!  This superb natural wine comes mostly from free-run and first press juice always giving a beautifully low-alcohol wine that is fabulously delicious and refreshing. "Faites des vins peu alcoolisés avec un joli parfum" said Jules Chauvet (Make wines low in alcohol and with lovely aromas) and no one does this better than Christian Ducroux. The  5 hectare  estate has been 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 and low levels of alcohol. Christian's farming is among the most thoughtful and inspired practiced anywhere in the world and his wines express this work in a joyful natural way. And it's great that people are talking about no-till farming and "regenerative agriculture" in vineyards - Christian has been working this way for 35 years, it's nice that the rest of the world is catching up...

"The 2023 is a bit brighter than previous vintages, as we diminished the maceration time and harvested a little bit earlier" says Christian.

"A very mild autumn 2022, therefore we carried out mowing in March which is unusual, two other mowings followed in May and June. During the summerwe did 3 plowings (by horse), the first in mid-July. Following the uprooting of a row of vines on each side of the trees, we no longer pass through the vines for treatments (against mildew/oidium), which limits soil compaction and gives us greater treatment efficiency, therefore no use of copper sulfate this year. An average summer, not too hot but with a 15-day heatwave between August and September, which allowed the juice to be concentrated in the grapes. The flowering took place around June 6 and the harvest began on September 10. The fermentations went well despite higher alcohol degrees than normal. The winter (2023-2024) begins to set in with a lot of precipitation. As in previous years, we prune twice in order to delay the growth of the vines as much as possible to avoid frost damage." - Christian and Thibaul

January 2020

The 2023 Prologue weighs in at 12% alcohol despite the extra ripeness of what is shaping up to be another excellent vintage in Beaujolais, and shows a red/purple color with  aromas of crushed strawberry and blackberry with violet, white pepper, and plum skin. Despite Christian's claim that the "2023 is a bit brighter than previous vintages," we find it to be vibrant up front and showing nice structure and earthy tones in the finish - meaty and mineral with pure dark berry fruits and stony flavors. Previous vintages were perhaps wilder and more tangy on arrival, while the '23 Prologue - telling us much about the well-rounded vintage - is already a wine of fruit and structure without any edginess or intensely bright/tangy red fruit notes. If anything, we'd recommend waiting a month or two for the tannins to better integrate and the wine to become more elegant and 'smoothed out.' Versus some vintages of Prologue that were a bit more overtly "natural" on arrival, we'll gladly take this burly, darker-fruited version for a change!

The 2023 Prologue is a vibrant, very alive and simply beautiful wine that takes you into the living soils of Ducroux' vineyards and is a tonic for the soul. Zero added sulfur, keep cool - highly recommended for lovers of natural wines! (Yes, case quantities are available!) 

The wine has arrived at our warehouse, please allow until Wednesday 3/20 for pick-up or shipping. 10% discount on a case or mixed case.

Ducroux 2023 Vin de France Prologue

Christian Ducroux' 5 hectare  estate has been 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 Gamay vines average over 60 years of age and are replaced by massale selection, giving extremely low yields and low levels of alcohol. Christian's farming is among the most thoughtful and inspired practiced anywhere in the world and his wines express this work in a joyful natural way. "Faites des vins peu alcoolisés avec un joli parfum" said Jules Chauvet (Make wines low in alcohol and with lovely aromas) and no one does this better than Christian.  Prologue is a lively, very alive and beautiful wine that takes you into the soils of Ducroux' vineyards and is a tonic for the soul. Zero added sulfur, keep cool, drink over the next few years.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur