Château Thivin 2018 Côte de Brouilly Beaujolais, France [375ml Half Bottle]

Château Thivin 2018 Côte de Brouilly Beaujolais, France [375ml Half Bottle]

Château Thivin

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Château Thivin 2018 Côte de Brouilly Beaujolais, France [375ml Half Bottle]

Built in the fifteenth century on an ancient volcano which juts out steeply into the valley below, Thivin is the oldest estate on Mont Brouilly. Even more important, however, is its tremendous success since farmer Zaccharie Geoffray purchased the château with its two hectares of land at auction in 1877. His son Claude expanded the property over the next few decades, and his son, also named Claude, boosted the prestige of the zone in the face of the Great Depression when he played a pivotal role in the creation of the Côte de Brouilly appellation. With his wife Yvonne, he also helped to bring greater recognition to the entire region with the establishment of the Maison du Beaujolais in 1953. Thivin’s Côte de Brouilly parcels are predominantly south-facing and are planted entirely with Gamay vines that average 50 years of age. The soil is plowed and composted regularly while cover crops are left between some rows to encourage microbiotic activity. Absolutely no insecticides are used. 

Winemaker: Claude Geoffray

Farming: Organic (Certified) - In 2008, the domaine began a conversion to organic viticulture that will be finished around 2020. Biodiversity is achieved by placing hay around the edges of the vineyards and herbs and flowers are planted between rows. Natural composts serve as a natural fertilizer. Regular plowing aerates the soils.

Grape Varieties: 100% Gamay on 8ha of 50-year-old vines

Terroir: Vineyards situated on steep slopes with a 48% grade on Blue volcanic rock comprised of plagioclase and biotite with South, East, and Southeast exposure.

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested, and all parcels of vines undergo separate vinficiations. Wine is gravithe wine is raised in concrete tank for 8 months.

Aging: Ages in oak foudres for six months before bottling 

Tasting Notes: Brambly purple fruits are underscored by hints of red licorice and fresh cut strawberries in this yummy, medium-bodied wine.  Drinks well in its youth and develops beautifully 3-8 years after the vintage

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