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Chateau Thivin, Cote de Brouilly, 2018 (1.5L)

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Château Thivin is one of Beaujolais unmissable classics, like Foillard in Morgon or Clos de la Roilette in Fleurie. Thivin’s own home is the Côte de Brouilly, a Cru that is often overlooked or confused with its neighbor, Brouilly. While Brouilly makes the lightest and simplest wines of the ten Crus, the Côte de Brouilly makes incredibly distinctive Beaujolais of structure and complexity.

The secret to the Cru’s terroir is revealed in its first name, Côte. Côte means slope, and in this case, the slope is a very steep one—48% grade!—on an old volcano. Volcanic soils are not that common in Beaujolais, but that’s what you find here. In particular, you find slightly blue volcanic rocks with minerals like plagioclase, a type of bright white feldspar, and the black, yet reflective mineral biotite of the mica family.

The combination of volcanic minerals, their impact on absorbing heat and reflecting light as well as the steep grade yield Gamay grapes unlike any others in the world. While you might find yourself inspired to forage for mushrooms, you won't have to forage for wines of singular beauty.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"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." -Robert Parker

What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Blend: Gamay
Winemaker: Claude Geoffray
Vineyard: Average of 50 years, 8.3 ha
Soil: Blue volcanic rock comprised of plagioclase and biotite
Aging: Ages in oak foudres for six months before bottling
Farming: Organic (certified)
Vineyards situated on steep slopes with a 48% grade
Exposed to the South, East, and Southeast
Fermentation lasts from 6-12 days
Ages in oak foudres for six months before bottling
Drinks well in its youth and develops beautifully 3-8 years after the vintage

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Gamay

  • Vintage

    2018

  • Size

    1.5L , 750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Fruity , Juicy

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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