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Château Thivin - Claude Geoffray

Beaujolais-Villages Blanc

Cuvée Marguerite is a white Beaujolais Villages, grown on a seam of clay-chalk soil in the parish of Saint Lager.

This Chardonnay wine is casked directly after pressing and settling, and ferments entirely in the cask before the wine is left to age on lees for seven to nine months, in a cellar where the temperature ranges between 12 and 15°C: we only intervene to stir the lees periodically.

Ageing on lees in the cask gives the wine a pleasing fullness in the mouth and an impression of gentle power ...

Grape variety

Chardonnay

Location

On the slop of the hill, with an excellent well drained clay-chalk soil, easterly exposure.

Growing method

Vines trained in two-metre high palisades, to promote photosynthesis by retaining the maximum leaf area.
Grassy soil where the abundant flowers attract large numbers of insects to promote biodiversity.
We use green methods to obtain a harvest which is small but very ripe and concentrated.

Wine-making

Hand-picking using small tubs to protect the grapes, pressing with a pneumatic press, half of the ageing is done in casks to bring out the complexity, the rest in stainless-steel vats to develop the fruit. The wine is bottled in the spring following the harvest.

Blend

Lovely light, elegant colour, exceedingly fine nose, aromas of white flowers and citrus, mouth very round and complex. This wine is outstanding when young, and can also be confidently laid down for three or four years.

With food …

It is excellent as an apéritif, and combines perfectly with freshwater fish such as pike, trout or zander.

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