Château Thivin The Côte de Brouilly was recognised as a great site and was planted by the Romans; it is the oldest Beaujolais vineyard. In 1383 the first part of the Chateau Thivin cellars was built, this is the oldest Cote de Brouilly estate and one of the most highly respected producers in the region. All of Chateau Thivin’s organically-grown, largely old gamay vines are planted on the (mostly southern) slopes of Mont Brouilly, a small extinct volcano. The mature vines, great sites and endless dedicated work in the vines gives a modest yield of perfectly ripened small bunches. At harvest, these are gently placed into small crates undamaged, then tipped into vats that are closed and sealed when full of complete bunches. The marvellous simplicity of the process continues as the vats are left untouched for 7-10 days, whereupon any fermenting wine, resulting from bunches being squashed under their own weight, is drained out and the remaining whole bunches pressed. The young wine is then rested in large old barrels for 6-12 months before bottling. Such a simple and natural process gives amazing red wines.