Château Thivin, Côte de Brouilly 'Cuvée Zaccharie' 2017
This is the real deal. Cuvée Zaccharie is a selection of the best fruit raised in barriques for around 10–12 months, after which there is a second selection prior to final bottling. It always needs some time in bottle, and thankfully I've done the work for you. So harmonious, full of understated power and elegance. This is right up there for me.
Wine: Château Thivin, Côte de Brouilly 'Cuvée Zaccharie'
Producer: Chateau Thivin
Region/Country: Beaujolais, France
Production Method: Organic farming. Traditional fermentation in gravity fed winery.
Style: Brooding and muscular with lovely dark fruits and spice.
Pairing Suggestion: Game, Poultry and Grilled meats
Profile: Gamay has been best known for producing fresh and fruity wines for early consumption. This is now changing, with the natural wine movement in Beaujolais, and more producers placing more emphasis on high quality production meaning Gamay has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Wines now show racy acidity alongside richness of fruit and clear minerality. Plantings are increasing outside of France, with producers in Australia, New Zealand and USA producing wines in a range of styles.
Classic Regions: Beaujolais, Loire Valley (France), Yarra Valley (Australia), Central Otago (New Zealand), USA
A benchmark, and one of the oldest, producers in Beaujolais. The wonderful combination of old vine plots, organic viticulture and traditional fermentation techniques in their gravity fed winery lead to a swathe of aromatically complex, beautifully fruited Beaujolais with the structure and pedigree to mature gracefully for many decades.