Château Thivin, Côte de Brouilly 'Godefroy' 2015
A powerful Côte de Brouilly, still just a baby. Proof that top quality Beaujolais can mature superbly.
Godefroy is an old-vine Lieu-Dit within Côte de Brouilly. The vines here are over 100 years old and produce a powerful, muscular Côte de Brouilly with a fine bouquet of black berries, peony, and a touch of pepper, strong and full on the palate with imposing, full-bodied tannins and a spicy finish.
Wine: CHATEAU THIVIN Côte de Brouilly "Godefroy" 2015
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.