Domaine de Maison Blanche - Chateau Thivin - Marie-Therese Chappaz

Domaine de Maison Blanche - Chateau Thivin - Marie-Therese Chappaz

Yves DeMestral, Domaine de Maison Blanche, Mont sur Rolle, Vaud, Switzerland - Top Swiss Winemaker

This estate is today widely regarded as one of the best and most consistently reliable estates in the Beaujolais. Claude Geoffray makes a superb range of Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly wines together with a Beaujolais Blanc, a Beaujolais Villages and a Rosé. The Côte de Brouilly wines are harvested by terroir with specific parcels of vines yielding quite different results.

Marie-Therese Chappaz' fantastic wines

Ideally situated on the shore of Lake Geneva, the Maison Blanche has been a wine estate in the hands of the de Mestral family since 1526. It is a beautiful location in one of the best classic vineyards of La Côte.

Today Yves de Mestral continues in the family tradition with innovation and passion and a growing reputation for excellence. The estate focuses principally and creatively on the typical Swiss grape which is the Chasselas with a few specialities purely out of passion - dessert and aged Chasselas but also Mondeuse Noire, Malbec and Savagnin.

Yves also makes wines from his uncle's vineyards in nearby Rolle - we list the Pinot Noir.

Yves' son Antoine spent 4 months working as an intern right here at Alpine Wines, some of you may remember him? and is now fully involved in the winery.

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  • Fendant President Troillet Marie-Therese Chappaz

    The most famous Fendant of Marie Therese's range - possibly the first of her wines I knew
  • Grain Nature Marie-Therese Chappaz

    This is supremely elegant natural wine
  • Dole La Liaudisaz Marie-Therese Chappaz

    A gorgeous concentrated Dole, without being too serious
  • Grain Noble Arvine Marie-Therese Chappaz

    Legendary sweet wine

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The estate is bathed in history. Early manuscripts from the 12th century refer to a "40-man" estate and to the "Clos de Brouilly" being owned by Humbert 3rd, the Lord of Beaujeu. The main château building dates from the 14th century and the date 1383 can still be seen above the door of a small cellar.

The name "Thivin" derives from M. Thivind, a Parliamentary lawyer who owned the estate in the wake of the French revolution. Claude Geoffray's ancestor Zaccharie, a farmer near Villefranche sur Saône, bought the estate in 1877 when Château Thivin had a little less than 2 hectares of vines. From 1894 his son Claude greatly enlarged the estate by buying vines and houses.

Claude's son, also named Claude (it runs in the family!), father of today's owner, took over the estate on his return from the Great War. He countered the slump of the 1930's with the creation of the Côte de Brouilly appellation. He and his wife Yvonne worked tirelessly to build up the quality and reputation of Côte de Brouilly and of Beaujolais as a whole, founding the 'Maison des Beaujolais' in 1953.

Thivin has an atmosphere all of its own, both as a family home with its roofs of glazed fishscale tiles, nestled on the lower slopes of the Mont Brouilly and surrounded by vines. A producer of some of the best wines in this part of the Beaujolais where tradition and impeccable winemaking skills go hand in hand.

A beautiful blue stone vaulted cellar houses the oak casks (foudres) in which the wine matures while an older cellar beneath the château provides the perfect conditions for laying down the wine once bottled. Manoir du Pavé, on the eastern side of the Mont Brouilly in the village of St. Lager, is a recent addition to the estate through marriage.

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