Chateau Thivin 2019

​​​​​​This historic estate continues to rank among the reference points for classical, age-worthy cru Beaujolais, and the 2019 vintage is a great success here. WILLIAM KELLEY,

I have bleated on about the brilliance of Thivin’s Côte de Brouilly, in my mind one of the finest offerings from Beaujolais, an exemplary expression of Gamay from one of its most propitious terroirs. In summary, it is onwards and upwards from Château Thivin. NEAL MARTIN

This release is one I have always looked forward to each year. As a firm advocate for the delights of Cru Beaujolais, it really does not get much better than Chateau Thivin. They are the undisputed kings of Cote de Brouilly, crafting visceral Cru Beaujolais from vines touching 100 years old, whose roots run deep into the rich, volcanic, southern facing slopes of Mont Brouilly.

Morgon often steals the thunder when it comes to Cru Beaujolais, but at the pointy end where Thivin sit, Cote de Brouilly delivers dynamic and enthralling wines of power, presence and persistence. Quality-wise I would place them comfortably at the table with the likes of Lapierre, Bouland and Foillard. They represent a more elegant style of Beaujolais too, closer to Burgundy than the deep, dark and muscular wines of Morgon.

These are some of the first 2019s we are seeing, and it seems Beaujolais has been blessed with a string of good vintages, although each with unique personalities. The consensus on the 2019s is that they see a return to a more classic style from the plush, and weighty 2018 releases, while offering a more perfumed and charming face than the more austere and structured 2017s.

There are a number of wines from Thivin on offer today from their always exceptional Sept Vignes village release, through to their sought-after single site offers including Clos Betrand –  crafted from an historic enclosed south-west facing vineyard dating back to the 14th century, Godefroy – a structured wine made from 80-100 year old vines, and La Chapelle -a plot that sits atop the hill on steep slopes littered with blue rock.

If you love Cru Beaujolais you will know doubt be well acquainted with Thivin and be chomping at the bit to get some of these into the cellar. If you are only a dabbler, or are new to the delights of Thivin, then I say jump in now, the water’s warm, and there is nothing but great wines and incredible value to be found here. These are wines too which, unlike their nouveau brethren, will take to the cellar nicely as well in the medium term. Rewarding a little rest time with a more engaging drinking experience.