Château Thivin

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France – Beaujolais

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 Côte 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 marvelous 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.

‘Les Sept Vignes’ 2016  
“Wow! This is about as good as it gets in Beaujolais.” – 95 Points Huon Hooke,

“A nice playful vintage of this wine, I feel. Strawberry, cherry and a rose and bubblegum perfume, though there’s a pleasing ‘iron filing’ kind of thing happening too. Light to medium bodied, bright and juicy, light tannin and perky cherry/raspberry flavour, fresh finish and fine drinking satisfaction. It’s a great wine to go glass-to-glass with. So tasty.” – 92 Points Gary Walsh,

‘Clos Bertrand’ 2015
“Rich raspberry and cherry, violet, vanilla pod and liquorice, spice and a smattering of sweet dried herb. Medium bodied, but fleshy and powerful, with what you might call a ‘Turkish coffee’ feel to the tannin, deep seated raspberry flavour, a little savoury stuff too, maybe like tobacco or herb coated olives, and a smooth finish of admirable freshness and length. Here’s a wine!” – 95 Points Gary Walsh,

Cuvée ‘La Chapelle’ 2016
“This feels kind of embryonic, even given that it’s a Beaujolais. Cherry juice, dried roses, putty, dried herb and spice. Medium-bodied, but in the context of Beaujolais, possibly full-bodied, crisp cranberry acidity, grippy tannin, earthy bass notes and floral mouth perfume. Ripe raspberry and spice on a vigorous finish. More to come here, I feel.” 
– 93+ Points Gary Walsh,

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