"Château Thivin is located in the Côte de Brouilly, an ancient volcanic mound which juts unexpectedly from the Beaujeu Valley floor, about 30 miles north of Lyon. In the heart of Côte de Brouilly, on the south-facing, crumbling granitic slopes, Claude Geoffray at Château Thivin works twenty acres of vines. The vineyards are planted entirely to Gamay noir à jus blanc, a variety of Gamay that is cultivated to stand free of wires and stakes, sturdily attached to the hillside by deep-seeking roots. Traditional whole cluster fermentation is used in order to keep the characteristic fruity qualities of Gamay, after which the grapes are put into cuve by gravity without being crushed or destemmed. Each vintage spends a few months in large oak foudres before bottling."