Château Thivin is the perfect starting point for a tour of Beaujolais. This historic fourteenth-century château was purchased by Zaccharie Geoffray in 1877, and since then, the estate and its winemaking practices have been passed down through the six generations of his descendants. Drawing on vinification practices of the nineteenth century, the entire production is gravity fed, and the reds are all raised in large, old wooden foudres. The blue volcanic terroir of Côte de Brouilly marks this great cru with a powerful minerality, supported by a deep garnet color and aromas of cherries, violets, and clove. For more than one hundred vintages, Château Thivin has set the benchmark for Côte de Brouilly.
The Morgons of Jean Foillard are among the most sought-after Gamays in our shop—and for good reason. For decades, they have expressed grand cru–like character from a region often written off for producing mediocre wines. Now Jean has set out to elevate the more humble Beaujolais-Villages in the same way he did for the cru of Morgon. Vines planted on steep granite hillsides and the classic Foillard touch in the cellar provide a remarkable Gamay that is soft and silky with layer upon layer of complexity and minerality. Jean Foillard is a master in his prime.
Here is the wine that will carry Beaujolais into the future. Charly Thévenet, son of legendary “Gang of Four” Morgon producer Jean-Paul Thévenet, is doing everything right in creating his wine from old vines in Régnié. Tasting Charly’s sole bottling makes it clear that he inherited his father’s obsession for terroir and strives to bring forward every nuance of the vineyard. With an aroma of red fruit and roses, the palate exhibits that same fruit framed beautifully by fine tannin.
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