I’ve never really bought, sold, or drunk Beaujolais Rosé until I had this wine a couple of years back and that’s mainly due to the fact that up until now, none of the producers I really like in Beaujolais offer a rosé. At the very least, if they do make one they don’t sell it in the US. A huge amount of Beaujolais Nouveau is made as rosé by large producers and shipped to Japan every year, millions of bottles apparently, and there are a tiny handful of examples from good producers which I’ve tasted over the years but nothing compelling until this one.
I love the wines of Château Thivin and never realized he made this rosé because you simply never see it. Made from a single hectare of 55+ year old vines, very little is made and a tiny amount of that is shipped to the US. I get just a few cases a year myself. I don’t know the exact story of why this wine even exists but I suspect that the winegrowers made a bit for themselves, as virtually every winemaker in France does just to stock their fridges for the summer, and realized they had something special.
The Thivin rosé is made from Gamay grown in the Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly appellations from vines planted on the same pink granite and sand soils as their great wines. I’m guessing these are vines with en eastern exposure considering the low alcohol, 12%, and better suited to a wine like this that the big cellar worthy reds they produce. The fruit is pressed directly in the cuve and macerated briefly for just a tinge of color bit of color then vinifed in stainless steel before bottling to preserve its fresh fruit character. Pale pink, red cherry, strawberry, rhubarb and watermelon aromas with delicate fresh fruit flavors and bright texture and a snappy, slightly saline finish. This is as sophisticated a profile as you'll see in a rosé at this price.