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The château’s historic walled vineyard

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Grape varieties

A majority of white-juiced Gamay noir, but also a few Chardonnay vines that add finesse (1%)

Terroir



This is Château Thivin’s historic vineyard, it was already planted with vines in the 14th century, as shown by an inscription on the lintel of a small cave that reads “1383”.

This walled vineyard at the foot of Mont Brouilly face south-west; the soil is deeper and a proportion of pink granite is mixed with the magmatic rock of the hill.

Cultivation

The vines are at a density of 7,000 vines/ha laid out with grassed and flower strips for the diversification of the flora and to let our small, light tractors through. We alternate tilling with controlled natural grassing. In Winter, a small herd of sheep graze in the walled vineyard. The grapes are picked exclusively by hand.

Vinification

Partially stripped, grid maceration for 10–14 days in our hillside cellars, maturing in oak tuns for 7–9 months.

Tasting

Garnet red with bluish glints, bouquet of iris, peonies, round on the palate with black fruits, spices, long, silky finish. This full-bodied wine is ideally enjoyed between 2 and 7 years old, and depending on the vintage, up to 10 years

Côte-de-Brouilly «Clos Bertrand» Ratings and awards

Robert Parker (TWA)

93

International du Gamay 2019

Médaille d’or

James Suckling

94

«Pure violets on the nose suck you into the very elegant, sleek palate. The pronounced, finegraines tannins support beautifully the long, pristine and mineral finish.»
Julia Harding MW (Jancis Robinson)

17 points

«Mid cherry red. Darker fruited, more of that granite fragrance. Inviting peppery freshness but no stemmy notes. Tighter than Les Sept Vignes but very crunchy dark-red fruit. A touch of that peony character. Dry and very-fine-grained tannins. Slightly more austere on the finish. Chewy, grippy. (JH)»
The Real Review

96

Bettane + Dessauve

15

RVF guide vert

17

RVF

15/20

Bettane & Desseauve

15/20

The Real Review

93

Bettane & Desseauve

16/20