Thivin’s rosé is 100 percent Gamay, which is quite uncommon; the importer, Kermit Lynch, claims the style is only 2 percent of the AOP’s production. This one is grown in the region of Brouilly in a 50-year-old vineyard that’s farmed following la lutte raîsonnée. The stubby head-trained vines are hand-picked, and the fruit macerates briefly before fermentation in stainless steel.
The wine is the color of a new penny and fragrant of roses, strawberries, stone fruit, and spice. Smooth and coating with moderate acidity, it delivers abundant peach and yellow plum flavors. It’s a substantial and delicious rosé for a wide range of fare.
2019 Château Thivin Rosé Beaujolais-Villages AOP
12.5% abv | About $20; Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant