Wow! This is about as good as it gets in Beaujolais. 2016 was evidently a great year. The colour is profound, the bouquet opulently ripe, plums and a hint of herby foresty whole-bunch character. The wine is all-round very ripe, big and lush. Abundant supple tannins and considerable power. 95/100, Huon Hooke
Long regarded as the top domaine in the Cote de Brouilly, Chateau Thivin is also the oldest estate on Mont Brouilly, built on an ancient volcano back in the 15th century. Run by the third generation of the Geoffray family, who have been farming the estate since 1977, Chateau Thivin is the benchmark of the Cote de Brouilly appellation in Beaujolais.
Claude, Evelyne and their son Claude-Edouard vinify grapes from 7 individual plots making a wine from single vineyard to a blend that represents perfectly the Cote de Brouilly appellation: “Les 7 Vignes”.They practice rational vine treatments, planting herbs and flowers between the rows of 50-plus-year-old vines, ploughing regularly and using natural composts to keep their vines healthy.