Château Thivin sets the benchmark for serious, ageworthy Gamay in the Côte de Brouilly – one of the smallest and most prized of the Beaujolais crus.
The historic 14th century property was purchased in 1877 by the Geoffray family, who were instrumental in the creation of the Côte de Brouilly appellation. The steep, organically farmed slopes and their old-school approach to winemaking have cemented this as one of Beaujolais’ great terroirs and Thivin as one of its most important producers.
‘Cuvée Zaccharie’ is a blend sourced from old vines in the Godefroy and La Chapelle sites. It is the blue diorite soils, rather than the pink granite common to the region, that winemaker Claude-Édouard believes give his wines their distinctive floral perfume and long-lived mineral structure.
Such is their early drinking pleasure that it has become almost impossible to find aged parcels of Thivin’s wines. With time, they get closer to mature Pinot Noir – rich and gamey in style – whilst retaining the haunting fragrance and freshness of the best Gamay.
Château Thivin ‘Cuvée Zaccharie’ 2013 (£37) Sold out
11 months in 228-litre oak barrels (10% new). Silky and layered with floral, red fruit and savoury nuances.
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