Overview of the Wine
Wine lovers who experience is limited to Noveau owe it to themselves to try the other side of Beaujolais, the hillside Beaujolais, where the soils are more granite and the terrain more rugged. The name Beaujolais may not be present of the label; instead one will find the village name, such as Brouilly, Cote de Brouilly, Morgan or Fleurie.
Chateau Thivin is located in the Cote de Brouilly, an ancient volcanic mound which juts unexpectedly from the Beaujeu Valley floor, about 30 miles north of Lyon.
In the heart of Cote de Brouilly, on the south-facing, crumbling granite slopes, Claude Geoffray at Chateau Thivin works twenty acres of vines. The vineyards are planted entirely to Gamay Noir a jus blanc, a variety of Gamay that is cultivated to stand free of wires and stakes, sturdily attached to the hillside by deep-seeking roots.
At Chateau Thivin, each section of the vineyard is harvested and fermented separately, to preserve the characteristic differences afforded by variations in exposure and altitude. The final wine is a selected blend of these cuvees. Traditional whole cluster fermentation is used in order to keep the characteristic fruity qualities of Gamay, after which the grapes are put into cuve by gravity without being crushed or destemmed. Each vintage spends a few months in large oak foudres before bottling.
Grape / Blend
Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Côte de Brouilly is still a little closed after its recent bottling, but it's a promising wine in the making, unwinding in the glass with scents of cherries,plums, licorice and rich soil tones, complemented by floral top notes that blossom as the wine sits in the glass. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and satiny, with a textural, enveloping profile, a deep and voluminous core, ripe but succulent acids and powdery structuring tannins.
93 Points - Vinous
Shimmering purple. Assertive dark berry, cherry, spicecake and floral pastille scents are complemented by suggestions of succulent herbs and licorice. Sappy and deeply concentrated on the palate, offering mineral-laced bitter cherry and blackberry preserve flavors that stretch out and turn sweeter with aeration. Youthfully gripping tannins add framework to the finish, which lingers with outstanding, mineral-driven tenacity.
90 Points - James Suckling
This is a very rich Brouilly with strikingly fresh cassis and blueberries, as well as violets. The palate has a very crunchy feel with attractively fresh, fine tannins holding the finish true. Drink or hold.
90 Points - Wine & Spirits
This domaine dates to the 15th century, its vines planted on the side of an ancient volcano at a 48-degree gradient, with southern to eastern exposures. The Geoffray family purchased the property in 1877; the vines now average 50 years of age. They ferment the fruit as whole clusters, then age the wine in foudres, creating a meaty gamay, clean in its spicy berry fruit, tough in its peppery-black tannins. Built to age, then to serve with roast duck.
90 Points - Wine Spectator
Peppery aromas line the tart cherry and red currant notes of this minerally red. Details of herb, smoke and licorice drop echo on the lightly tannic, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2023.
Product size: 750ml