In 1976, when I was busy being born as a wine importer, Richard Olney guided me through the French vineyards. He introduced me to Domaine Tempier, Clape, Chave, and other incomparable sources. In the Beaujolais we visited Château Thivin and Georges Duboeuf. I chose to pursue Thivin. Had I gone the other way, I would have lived an entirely different life. Instead of importing hundreds of cases of Thivin every year, I would have had hundreds of thousands to work with. Instead of writing this memory right now, I might be retired, uncorking a Tempier rosé on my yacht, anchored off some Greek isle. But Monsieur Duboeuf would probably have seen that I wasn’t suited for the job and selected another importer anyway. It would never have worked for either of us. At the time, of course, I did not foresee the consequences of my choice. I was at a crossroads without really knowing where each road led. Anyway, I fell for Thivin, and today, still, it stands out in the crowd. Is it not the aristocrat of the Beaujolais? I don’t mean that in the foppish, nose-in-the-air sense of the word. The wine of Thivin is like a country squire who is not afraid to get his boots muddy. Handsome, virile, earthy, and an aristocrat. Thivin is a connoisseur’s wine. Serve it at a cool temperature. I believe you will be amazed at how classy it is, from its vivid color all the way through to its elegant finish.
** This passage comes from our August 1999 newsletter, but it continues to capture the essence of the outstanding wines made at Château Thivin. We recently received new shipments of the 2017 and 2018 vintages along with more of the 2019. Don’t miss this great opportunity to taste Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly through the lens of diverse vintages at Château Thivin. **
This discounted collection celebrates Corsica’s pioneering vignerons and features bottles that display the Île de Beauté’s identity in all its splendid glory: tenacious and soulful, forged by Mediterranean sunshine, sea salt, and wild maquis herbs.
In 1976, when I was busy being born as a wine importer, Richard Olney guided me through the French vineyards. He introduced me to Domaine Tempier, Clape, Chave, and other incomparable sources. In the Beaujolais we visited Château Thivin and Georges Duboeuf. I chose to pursue Thivin
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