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Château Thivin

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Côte de Brouilly, Beaujolais

  • Founded

    1877

  • Farming

    Organic, in conversion

Château Thivin is the benchmark domaine in the Côte de Brouilly. It is the oldest estate in the cru, dating back to the 15th Century and is simply one of the most glorious places to be!

The Côte de Brouilly cru is situated on the Mont Brouilly, an ancient volcano that was under the sea. The soils are composed of granite, diorite (plutonic rock) and shale. Ch. Thivin is located in the the commune of Odenas, the heart of the Côte de Brouilly appellation. Here the stones in the vineyards have a mottled blue appearance indicating the presence of diorite from the slopes of Mont Brouilly: a very hard volcanic rock from the Palaeozoic era, which varies in colour from very dark green to black. This is the famous blue stone of Brouilly, also known as ‘corne verte’, and lends the cru its specific character identified by a bold mineral streak in the wines.

There is such rich history tied to this domaine; Zaccharie Geoffray purchased the château with its two hectares of land at auction in 1877. His son Claude began to expand the domaines holdings, and his son, also named Claude, was instrumental in the creation of the Côte de Brouilly appellation. Over the years the family continued to promote the appellation and received numerous influential artists and journalists to the Château.

The current generation of the Geoffray family is headed by the grandnephew Claude, his wife Evelyne. Their son Claude-Edouard and his wife Sonja are now in charge of the domaine and are making exquisite wines, faithful to the exceptional terroir and history of this exceptional domaine.

Thivin’s Côte de Brouilly parcels are predominantly south-facing with an average vine age of 50 years. The soils are plowed and cover crops are left between some rows to encourage microbiotic activity. The individual vineyards harvested and vinified separately which isolates the unique terroir expressions. The wines are made by traditional whole-cluster fermentations, the grapes are then transferred to cuves by gravity without being crushed and then into large oak foudres before bottling.

Rosé de Thivin, 2019:

Château Thivin’s 2019 Beaujolais-Villages Rosé delivers lovely aromas of minty pears and red apples, followed by a medium to full body, elegantly satiny and incisive, with a pretty core of fruit, racy acids and a penetrating finish. If anyone knows of a better rosé being produced in the Beaujolais, I’d love to taste it.” 90 pts.

WILLIAM KELLEY, The Wine Advocate, May 2020

Côte de Brouilly, Les 7 Vignes 2018:

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.” 93 pts.

JOSH RAYNOLDS, VINOUS, OCTOBER 2019

Technical Information

WineBlendVine ageSoil typeVineyard area
Rosé de Thivin Beaujolais-VillagesGamay Noir à Jus Blanc 50 yearsPink granite & sand
Gamay Noir Beaujolais-Villages Vignes d’EcussoGamay Noir à Jus Blanc
Côte de Brouilly Les 7 VignesGamay Noir à Jus Blanc50 yearsBlue volcanic rock
Côte de Brouilly La ChapelleGamay Noir à Jus Blanc

Viticulture and Vinification

  • In organic conversion
  • Hand-harvested
  • Regular ploughing to aerate the soils
  • Old vines, on average 50 years old
  • Natural compost used as fertiliser
  • Wild yeast fermentation
  • Whole-cluster vinifications
  • Élevage in oak foudres
  • Gravity-fed winery