"Shimmering onion skin. Lively, mineral- and spice-inflected red berry and floral scents, along with a subtle herbal element that builds with air. Dry and focused on the palate, offering tangy red currant, strawberry and fennel flavors that slowly unfurl on the back half. The mineral and floral notes echo on a long, nervy finish that leaves a suggestion of bitter cherry pit behind."
James Suckling 90
"This is one of the better Beaujolais rosé wines and has a fresh, watermelon and light strawberry nose and a contained, focused palate that makes for attractive, fresh drinking with plenty of pink-fruit flavors. Drink now."
Chateau ThivinView all from Chateau Thivin
It is no surprise that Château Thivin is the benchmark domaine of the Côte de Brouilly; everything about it is exceptional. 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. Over the years the family continued to promote the appellation, receiving many influential artists and journalists at the château. The French novelist, Colette, wrote admiringly of her visit to Thivin, for example. In 1976, Richard Olney took Kermit to visit on their first wine trip together. It was Olney's top recommendation in the whole of the Beaujolais region. The current generation of the Geoffray family continues their tradition. Today their grandnephew Claude, his wife Evelyne, and their son Claude-Edouard continue the tradition as staunch and proud defenders of the terroir of the Côte de Brouilly.