That the Beaujolais has emerged—with gusto—from a dark shadow cast by years of intensive farming and bulk winemaking practices is in large part thanks to appellation-defining producers like Château Thivin, who have toiled tirelessly in defense of the region’s singular terroirs. Surrounding the elegant 14th century Château, twisted stumps of ancient Gamay dot the Côte de Brouilly’s perilous rubbly inclines like gnomes, creating a consummate marriage of grape and soil that is simultaneously awe-inspiring and utterly mouth-watering. The Geoffray family crafts its benchmark cuvée from its oldest vines high on the Côte de Brouilly. Underlying its palate-coating fruit—think wild berries plucked at their peak of ripeness—is a dynamic reminder of the chunks of roche bleue that litter the vineyard soil: a firm, flinty, crunchy foundation that funnels the wine’s rich complexity down to a single focal point of striking intensity. Facing the Château on a hillside opposite to the Côte lies the Reverdon vineyard, sitting on the sandy remnants of decomposed pink granite. Considering it features the same grape grown just a stone’s throw away, their Brouilly bottling could not be more different: exquisitely perfumed of peonies, violets, and stone fruit, it has a silky texture that offers no resistance as it glides over the palate. The Geoffrays also bottle a Beaujolais blanc from the region’s far south. The Clos de Rochebonne, a limestone-laden parcel perched at 450 meters elevation, is the source of this pristine barrel-aged Chardonnay that combines rich, golden fruit with bracing nerve. To anybody still dismissing the Beaujolais as a source of serious, terroir-driven wines, Thivin’s newly arrived 2020 crop provides a definitive answer.
Of course, another reason to be cheerful is our annual Champagne Sale, always offered during this month of celebration, to help add POP to your revelry. Pour Champagne and share a moment of respite, a chance for all to say, “Life is good!” Champagne in your glass gives you a good reason to believe that.
Château Thivin has toiled tirelessly in defense of the region’s singular terroirs. Surrounding the elegant 14th century Château, twisted stumps of ancient Gamay dot the Côte de Brouilly’s perilous rubbly inclines like gnomes, creating a consummate marriage of grape and soil with absolutely nothing to envy of the great appellations of Burgundy or the Rhône.
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The list of factors goes on and our list of overachievers could, too. For now, we’ve narrowed down our selections to twenty-four wines—four each at six price points, because tremendous value isn’t exclusive to inexpensive bottlings. You can find it at all prices, from $12 to $120, as these wines resoundingly show.
It’s as if the fossil-laden chalky soil running through Chablis has helped create a wine that is a visceral reminder of our amphibian past, with its bracing smell of waterfalls and oncoming rain, wet stone and coastal citrus groves. Briny, crisp, chiseled, and mouthwatering, it refreshes and invigorates.
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