When I started in the wine business, the press wasn’t too kind to Beaujolais, which it often ignored completely or at best gave a patronizing review with a low score to boot. I couldn’t help but think how far we’ve come when I recently read a glowing review of this proudly old-school Moulin-à-Vent, full of praise of its aromas, elegance, concentration, and liveliness, with a score once reserved for cult Cabs and unobtainable Bordeaux. Diochon has rightly found its place in the big leagues.
Fritz Rench, a special person in my family, just celebrated his ninetieth birthday. His enthusiasm for Château Thivin may be unmatched in this world. To put things in perspective, I’m almost half his age, and he’s been drinking (and visiting) Thivin since before I was born. In any wine shop where his travels take him, his first question is, without fail, “Got any Château Thivin?” He knows that there is Beaujolais, there is Côte de Brouilly . . . and then there is Château Thivin. The superb 2020 vintage may be the best Thivin ever. It’s got it all, and so much more. Fritz, here’s to you! I have a case of the 2020 here in the cellar with your name on it, ready for your next visit.
Leave it to Breton to take summer heat (2020 was one of the hottest on record) and turn it into a light summer breeze in a glass. No matter the elements, Breton always manages to bring out the best in his Gamay. His guiding principle is simply to make Morgon he wants to drink. I’m pretty sure you’ll want to as well. Joyous, silky, and smooth.
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