Raisin Libre is a cuvée elaborated from Gamay vines planted on clay-limestone soils in the commune of Frontenas. The grapes are vinified in whole bunches. A cold maceration follows for 15 days, without punching down or pumping over. The wine is then aged for one year in vats in order to preserve the purity of the fruit.
The 2021 vintage is fresh, supple and delicate; a Beaujolais in all its splendor to be enjoyed as an aperitif.
The story of the Thillardon estate began in 2008 with Paul-Henri Thillardon, who was then 22 years old. Originally from the Beaujolais region and the son of a winegrower, Paul-Henri settled in Chénas, a cru that was not very highly valued at the time. At the beginning, he worked the vines in sharecropping before buying the Chassignol estate in 2012.
He also runs vineyards in Chiroubles, Moulin-à-Vent and in Beaujolais, on his native land "Les Pierres Dorées".
Charles, his younger brother, joined him in 2014, then Jean-Baptiste, the youngest, in 2017 and finally Aude, their older sister in 2018. The Thillardon estate became a family adventure and embodies the revival of Beaujolais.
Today, it has nearly 14 hectares with 4 climats on Chénas: Les Blémonts, Les Boccards, Les Carrières and Chassignol. The vineyard is worked in organic agriculture. In the cellars, carbonic maceration is de rigueur but the Thillardon family never stops innovating to find the best way to express the different terroirs.
The wines are pure and sincere, fleshy and elegant, fresh and fruity, with great ageing potential.