A robust, inky Beaujolais hailing from the Brouilly hillside, where vines have been cultivated to great acclaim since the 17th Century. A substantial wine brimming with notes of sweet red berries, rose petals, cracked black pepper and orange peel. This is a wine that proves the ageing possibilities of Beaujolais and has at least another 8 years of time left to go. Very special indeed.
Bursting with aromas of sweet red berries, rose petals, cracked pepper and orange rind, the 2021 Côte de Brouilly Les Griottes de Brulhié is medium to full-bodied, taut and tangy, with supple tannins, racy acids and a long, saline finish. From high-altitude, southeast-facing holdings, it's one of the more tensile wines in this year's portfolio. Drink 2021 - 2031
'As I've written before, this historic estate continues to rank among the reference points for classical, age-worthy cru Beaujolais...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.' - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
Founded in 1877, Chateau Thivin are the oldest wine-growing estate on Mont Brouilly, and has long been a name to enjoy for any lovers of Cote de Brouilly, or indeed great Beaujolais in general. Now run by the 6th generation of the Geoffray family, the estate is in the process of obtaining organic certification for all of their vines, and takes a deliberately low intervention approach to their winemaking.
'We take particular care of our soils, a real cradle for our wines and the source of their character. A healthy, living soil enables the vine to draw on the essence of the terroir.' - Chateau Thivin
These are beautiful wines that exemplify classic Beaujolais at its best: steeped in history and full of vibrant energy.