Drink Date 2020 - 2035
Reviewed by William Kelley
Issue Date 30th Aug 2020
Source Issue 244 End of August 2020, The Wine Advocate
The 2018 Cte de Brouilly Cuve Zaccharie Geoffrey doesnt see much new oak in absolute terms, but its sufficient to impart plenty of vanillin and creamy lactones to the wines bouquet of cherries and berries. On the palate, its medium to full-bodied, layered and nicely balanced but a little firmer and more introverted than the Chteau Thivins other wines. Readers who appreciate oaky Beaujolais will admire it more than I did.
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 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.