Thivin is a great Beaujolais producer and makes some serious wines that can age. We have tasted vintages of this wine as far back as 1994, which is incredibly impressive for a Beaujolais and shows just how structured these wines can be for the region. However, the most exciting part about it is its upfront appeal that is juicy and pure while simultaneously being refined, detailed, and elegant. The Cote de Brouilly is sourced from 50-year-old vines planted on Blue volcanic rock comprised of plagioclase and biotite, aging in foudre for 6-8 months before bottling. Though 2020 should prove to be an elegant vintage overall, this has a little more weight than the '19 rendition, which is welcome and, as Kelley notes below, is rich and concentrated with excellent acidity. 2020 and 2019 are neck and neck for one of the most outstanding vintages of all time, and this is a perfect starting point for 2020.
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 93 points! "The 2020 Côte de Brouilly is already very expressive, bursting with aromas of ripe berry fruit, plums and cherries mingled with hints of raw cocoa and spices. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, it's rich and fleshy, with powdery tannins, lively acids and a sapid finish. In style, this is more muscular than the more elegant 2019, but both represent benchmarks for Beaujolais in their respective vintages."