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Beaujolais Blanc

Château Thivin has been around since 1877 still owned and operated by the Geoffray family. As a benchmark producer in the Côte de Brouilly, I can never pass up on ordering a bottle of one of their delicious wines. Château Thivin is known for their Côte de Brouilly, which is their largest production wine. In addition to several smaller bottlings, they do make a tiny amount of Beaujolais Blanc on .8 hectares. The domaine is converting to organic farming. They are currently Terra Vitis certified. A natural compost is added regularly to the soils and the surface is aerated. To create a balanced ecosystem they have added various flowers and grasses between the rows. No insecticide is used. All the pruning is done by hand.

The Clos de Rochebonne is 100% Chardonnay grown on Jurassic Limestone and Clay soils from the Southern Beaujolais area. This special soil called Pierres Dorées (golden stone), is perfect for Chardonnay. The wine is vinified in old barrels and aged on it’s lees. This adds a rich texture to the Chardonnay. It’s not a big oak bomb but not a steely Chablis. Somewhere in the middle. Very fresh with a round mouthfeel. Notes of peaches, white flowers and nectarines. This is an ideal apéritif before dining on a duck breast with Chateau Thivin Côte de Brouilly.

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