Vigneron Claude Geoffray in his back garden at Château Thivin

Back in around 2007 I had the opportunity to taste a 1989 Julienas Beaujolais from the house of Trenel. At the time I wasn’t expecting much seeing as I had always imagined that even the best Beaujolais should be consumed within around three years of harvest. Hmmmm…

Although it was undoubtedly an older wine it was in no way tired and showed very little signs of age visually. From an olfactory standpoint the wine had developed into something akin to an aged Burgundy. It really was an epiphany for me.

Fast forward five years…

After spending a few hours with esteemed Vigneron Claude Geoffray of Château Thivin it became apparent that the aforementioned bottle had not been an anomaly. Claude’s Côte de Brouillys age magnificently!

Good Food Revolution’s Jamie Drummond continues his journey in Beaujolais, France.

Tasting and luncheon at Château Thivin


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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And Claude and his wife served us the most amazing lunch.