« Cuvée Zaccharie » Côte-de-Brouilly

Our prestige wine, in homage to Zaccharie Geoffray, comes from a selection of our best terroirs and is matured for 11 months in barrels.

Cuvée Zaccharie, Côte-de-Brouilly, Château Thivin Cuvée Zaccharie, Côte-de-Brouilly, Château Thivin
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Grape varieties

Old white-juiced Gamay Noir vines, average age: 50 years

Terroir

An area of the Côte de Brouilly appellation on the slopes of Colline de Brouilly, with a fine, well-drained soil, stones of igneous origin (Diorite Porphyry) mixed with clay, east- and south-facing

Cultivation

Vines planted at a high density of 9–10,000 vines/ha, pruned into low goblets, traditional in crus,
Ground grassed and partly flowered for Terra Vitis reasoned agriculture. A great many insects are currently repopulating our vineyards.
We use “green picking” in order to obtain a lower yield that is properly ripe and concentrated.

Vinification

Hand-picking in small trays to preserve the grape, vinification 13–15 days, pneumatic pressing, 1/10 matured in new barrels, the rest in 1–5-year-old barrels. This wine has developed for 9 months in casks.

Blending

This wine comes from the blending of our oldest vines; plots at La Chapelle in the south and Godefroy in the east.

Tasting

Very beautiful deep red colour, aroma of very ripe fruits, blackcurrant, blackberry, round and warm on the palate with a lot of spices. Although it’s already pleasant, this wine is presently still a little young, and offers keeping potential for 10 years.

Serve with wine

This is an excellent wine to accompany a fine piece of beef, grilled or in sauce, and game. Marries very successfully with Comté and Beaufort, as well as goats’ cheeses.

Côte-de-Brouilly «Cuvée Zaccharie» Ratings and awards

Beaujolais Aujourd'hui

16.5

James Suckling

96

«Stunning, concentreted black cherries and plenty of the characteristic acidity of the vintage, both seamlessly interxoven with the gentle tanninjs and the minerality through the very long, super clean finish. Examplary use of oak. Almost endless finish.»
Beaujolais Aujourd'hui

18.5

«La cuvée "phare", presque emblematique du château est une bombe à retardement en 2017. Le vin est en effet d'une concentration folle, richissime, velouté, pur, long en bouche, à la fois "solaire" et précis.... Mais attention, il est loin d'avoir révélé tout son potentiel. Grand vin de garde du Beaujolais. CT»
RVF guide vert 2020

20/20

«La robe de Syrah de Zaccharie annonce un bouquet d'épique orientales et de fleurs mauves rares. Le jus est plein d'un raisin parfaitement mûr. Cette intensité est comme un tunnel dans lequel les papilles mettent du temps pour retrouver leur salive. Un monument de gamay. Cette cuvée atteint le niveau des trois étoiles.»
Bettane + Dessauve

18

RVF

20/20

Julia Harding MW (Jancis Robinson)

17.5+ points

The Wine Enthusiast

96/100

International du Gamay 2018

Médaille d’or

Robert Parker

93/100

Bettane & Desseauve

18/20

RVF

19/20 + Coup de Cœur

International du Gamay 2017

Médaille d’argent

International du Gamay

Médaille d’or

The Wine Advocate

91/100

RVF

17,5/20

Robert Parker

88/100

Gault Millau

16/20

Hachette

** (vin remarquable)

RVF

17/20

Bettane & Desseauve

17/20

RVF

17/20

Bettane & Desseauve

16,5/20

RVF

17/20

Bettane & Desseauve

17,5/20

Robert Parker

93/100

RVF

19/20 + Coup de Cœur

Bettane & Desseauve

18/20