« Les Griottes de Brulhié » Côte-de-Brouilly

Our “solar” plot that benefits from a fine south-east-facing position on steep slopes.

Les Griottes de Brulhié, Côte-de-Brouilly, Château Thivin Les Griottes de Brulhié, Côte-de-Brouilly, Château Thivin
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Grape varieties

A majority of white-juiced Gamay noir and a few Chardonnay vines that add finesse (1–2%)

Terroir

5 ha south-facing vineyard half-way up the hillside; already famous in the 17th century, as Louvet wrote in his History of the Beaujolais Wine Region written in 1635:

“on the hill of Brulhié (Brouilly), in the parish of Oudenas (Odenas) […] which slope or hill bears the best wines of the region”.

Shallow soil over “blue stones” a magmatic rock also called Metadiorite.

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. Hand-picking
Converting to Organic, Terra Vitis certified for 12 years.
 

Vinification

The grapes are wholly picked by hand and vinified partly in whole bunches in our hillside cellars, whose successive levels allow us to make maximum use of gravity, so as to avoid using either pumps or conveyors for the grapes. After pressing, the wine is matured in oak tuns for 7–9 months.

Tasting

Fresh, fruity bouquet of cherries, wild strawberries, and peony; juicy and mineral on the palate, with a fresh finish of black fruits and a hint of spices.

Côte-de-Brouilly «Les Griottes de Brulhié» Ratings and awards

Robert Parker (TWA)

92

RVF

93

Beaujolais Aujourd'hui

17/20

«Robe grenat, intense. Arômes riches, "solaires" et précis de cerises noires, de chocolat...Beau jus en bouche, concentré, frais, équilibré et long. CT»
Bettane + Dessauve

16

RVF guide vert

16

Bettane & Desseauve

15.5/20

«Nez explosif, cerise noire, poivre. Pulpeux, très frais, tannique, finale austère mais longue et juteuse, sur le fruit.»
RVF

17/20

Beaujolais Aujourd'hui

16.5

Julia Harding MW (Jancis Robinson)

17.5 points

Bettane & Desseauve

16,5/20

Bettane & Desseauve

16,5/20

Beaujolais Aujourd'hui

15