Wine Advocate 88
"Thivin's 2008 Brouilly had already been assembled when I tasted it, and displayed mouth-watering strawberry fruit tinged with salt and a delicacy, vivacity, and lift bound to bring a smile to the face of all but the most curmudgeonly wine snob. Enjoy it over the next 18-24 months."
"The tradition of excellence at Chateau Thivin continues thanks in part to smooth generational changes and to the successful re-propagation of some of the estate's oldest, low-vigor vines (though some old parcels are too virus-ridden to risk it). Claude Geoffroy vinifies his various parcels - including seven in Cote de Brouilly individually largely in cement, then ages them in fuders the more ancient of which he is in the process of replacing and, depending on the year, renders them into varying numbers of cuvees. (One - cuvee Zacharie - spends time in smaller barrels, some new. I was not impressed with those results.) A cask tasting reveals fascinating differences by site, most of the locations differing more in altitude and exposure than in soil, since Cote de Brouilly's distinctively blue Devonian era soil is fairly homogenous." ~ Winery notes
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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.