Drink Date 2020 - 2035
Reviewed by William Kelley
Issue Date 30th Aug 2019
Source Issue 244 End of August 2019, The Wine Advocate
a steeply sloping, southerly exposed parcel thats comparatively high in altitude, Thivins 2018 Cte de Brouilly La Chapelle is especially successful this year, wafting the glass with aromas of cherries, raspberries, spices and dried roses. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with satiny structuring tannins, excellent depth and concentration and lively, succulent acids.
The 2018 vintage has turned out well for the Geoffray familys Château Thivin, a historic estate that continues to rank among the reference points for classical, age-worthy cru Beaujolais. Working toward organic certification, the Geoffrays have banished herbicides and insecticides their vineyards and number among the appellation's most conscientious farmers. In the cellar, winemaking is traditional, with semi-carbonic maceration and élevage generally in foudre—though some small cuvées see a little new wood. A staple of France's best restaurants—and this writer's table—any readers who are not acquainted with these wines are warmly advised to seek them out.