I have to admit something - I'm not to fond of Beaujolais Nouveau ... I know, I know, not something you say in november when the Est Arrive-hysteria is at it's peak. But after having tasted the 18-vintage it hit me: The New Wine just isn't that good. It feels rushed and unfinished. And when yoy taste wine from Beaujolaise that has been given some time. That has been made like it was a regular wine, then you have to ask yourself: Why do we even bother with Nouveau?
Because wine from Beaujolais can be fantastic! Like this weeks wine from Cheateau Thivin. Their Cuvée Zaccharie is a superb wine in any regard. Fresh and fruity, it is easily a wine to enjoy by itself or with food. It really shows off the great Gamay grape and puts all the Nouveau-wines to shame!
Run by Claude Gouffray, the fifth Claude from this family to make iwnes on the estate that the family bought in the late 1800's, the make their wine the old fashioned way and the result are wines with structure in addition to the great fruitiness that the Gamay is so famous for.
Ch. Thivin Cuvée Zaccharie Côte de Brouilly 2017
Dark and deep purple red colour. Extremely fresh with delightful pepper notes, great minerality and red berries on the nose. Great structure in the mouth. The minerality really shines through. Hints of strawberries at the end. Just a great wine.
We enjoyed this with turkey this thanksgiving and it was a fantastic match. Will also be excellent with goats cheese.
Just goes to show what a little patience will do to a wine ...