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2018 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly Cru Beaujolais

SKU #1436018 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Côte de Brouilly is still a little closed after its recent bottling, but it's a promising wine in the making, unwinding in the glass with scents of cherries, plums, licorice and rich soil tones, complemented by floral top notes that blossom as the wine sits in the glass. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and satiny, with a textural, enveloping profile, a deep and voluminous core, ripe but succulent acids and powdery structuring tannins. The 2018 vintage has turned out well for the Geoffray family's Château Thivin, a historic estate that continues to rank among the reference points for classical, age-worthy cru Beaujolais. Working toward organic certification, the Geoffrays have banished herbicides and insecticides from their vineyards and number among the appellation's most conscientious farmers. In the cellar, winemaking is traditional, with semi-carbonic maceration and élevage generally in foudre—though some small cuvées see a little new wood. A staple of France's best restaurants—and this writer's table—any readers who are not acquainted with these wines are warmly advised to seek them out.(WK) Inner quote mark (8/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Shimmering purple. Assertive dark berry, cherry, spicecake and floral pastille scents are complemented by suggestions of succulent herbs and licorice. Sappy and deeply concentrated on the palate, offering mineral-laced bitter cherry and blackberry preserve flavors that stretch out and turn sweeter with aeration. Youthfully gripping tannins add framework to the finish, which lingers with outstanding, mineral-driven tenacity. (JR) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This young wine still has youthful tannins as well as ebullient berry fruits. Everything will soften as it matures to bring a ripe wine, fruity but with a dry core of tannins. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

90 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a very rich Brouilly with strikingly fresh cassis and blueberries, as well as violets. The palate has a very crunchy feel with attractively fresh, fine tannins holding the finish true. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

90 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This domaine dates to the 15th century, its vines planted on the side of an ancient volcano at a 48-degree gradient, with southern to eastern exposures. The Geoffray family purchased the property in 1877; the vines now average 50 years of age. They ferment the fruit as whole clusters, then age the wine in foudres, creating a meaty gamay, clean in its spicy berry fruit, tough in its peppery-black tannins. Built to age, then to serve with roast duck. Inner quote mark (4/2020)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Peppery aromas line the tart cherry and red currant notes of this minerally red. Details of herb, smoke and licorice drop echo on the lightly tannic, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2023. Inner quote mark (4/2020)


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