We just received as much as we could, not nearly enough, of Chateau Thivin’s impeccable 2018 Cote de Brouilly. Chateau Thivin is steeped in tradition as they have been farming Gamay from the steep slopes of Mont Brouilly for over six generations!
Once again Thivin has crafted a masterful expression of Gamay. The bouquet dances gracefully from the glass enticing the senses. The palate is lush and soft with a dominant character of blue fruit. This wine is so delicious now, but teases you with a bit of restraint and structure that promises good things to come in the near future.
I found this excerpt from Vinous Media on the increasing interest for Beaujolais compelling:
“...many of these oenophiles are Burgundy lovers who have been forced to cut back their purchases from the Côte d’Or, often severely, because of skyrocketing prices and diminishing availability. Then there’s the matter of value, which strongly favors Beaujolais as top-notch bottlings can often deliver astounding quality when compared to wines from pretty much any other region of France.”
Chateau Thivin Côte de Brouilly Beaujolais 2018
Shelf Price $25.99
Sale Price $ $21.97
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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.