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Corsica and Provence have been the heart of our rosé focus since we opened in April 2015. While the red wines of Beaujolais have also been a cornerstone, the region's more limited production rosés never made the cut. That all changed when Kermit Lynch asked Château Thivin (our favorite in Côte de Brouilly) for a small amount of their rosé for California. One hectare of 50-year-old vines from pink granite on steep slopes of an ancient volcano - This is not your standard rosé.And, at $25 per bottle it's the best kept secret in pink.
Surrounding the ancient volcano, Mont Brouilly, is pink granite and sand. Here, on some of the steepest slopes in the region Gamay is endowed with purple-toned fruits and wild lavender notes.I was initially hesitant before tasting, imagining those very bouncy and fruit-forward Gamay traits wouldn’t translate to the crisp and mineral personality I look for in rosé. But, I was shocked at the great sense of salinity and freshness from Thivin.
The rosé of Gamay is sourced from one hectare of 50-year-old vines. Grapes are pressed immediately giving just a slight pink hue. The wine is fermented with native yeasts, goes through full malolactic, and spends its life only in steel prior to bottling. In the end, it's a snappy and lively rosé that finishes with a salty punctuation that makes it irresistible.
Château Thivin’s roots date back to the 15th century. But, it was in 1877 when Zaccharie Geoffrey purchased the 2-hectare estate at auction that Thivin began as we know it today. His grandson, Claude was pivotal in the creation of the Côte de Brouilly appellation during the great depression. And now his grandnephew, also Claude, his wife Evelyn, and their son Claude-Edouard are behind production of this benchmark Côte de Brouilly. Kermit Lynch visited the domaine during his first trip on the wine route with Richard Olney in 1976.
Thivin’s rosé stole the show at our annual rosé tasting. Guests were shocked that this dark horse was neck and neck with the more established rosé estates like Tempier, Abbatucci, Clos Canarelli, and Marquiliani. At $25 per bottle, and allocated from only a single hectare, this rosé hits a rare spot where value, rarity, and top-notch terroir converge.