Since 1743 the same family has been handing down from generation to generation a passion for the wine-grower"„¢s trade, respect for the terroirs, precious know-how, and a quest for excellence.
On 8th June 1877, Zaccharie and Marguerite Geoffray bought Cháteau Thivin and its two hectares of vineyards surrounding the estate (Le Clos).
Each succeeding generation would contribute new plots of land to build up the estate and would develop the growing and wine-making methods. Today, the 5th and 6the generations of the Geoffray family run this small family business, work the estate"„¢s vineyards, and vinify each wine, respecting the terroir of its origin as the seasons change.
Today, Claude Vincent is happy and proud to take his three grandchildren Tobias, Nicolas, and Florina into the vineyards and the cellar so as to initiate them in the secrets of the craft and give them a taste for working the land.
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.
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.
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"€œ9 months.
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.