Cuvée Zacharie is Thivin’s grand vin and one of the most beautiful wines in all the region. It is made from very old and densely planted vines (10,000 vines per hectare). During maturation, the wine spends a tenth of its maturation time in new oak barrels and the rest of the time in 1 to 5 year old barrels (a maturation period of 9 months altogether). This wine is always very ripe and concentrated, offering a subtle woody aroma, tight tannins and a sublime finish. Plenty of ageing potential.
Shows a fair bit of spicy biscuit and clove oak, dried mint, blackberry and raspberry, also dried rose and violet perfume. Medium-bodied, but dense and fleshy, good concentration here, dried strawberry and mint, fresh acidity, and a long cool finish of excellent length. It’s a little bit flashy, and maybe somewhat brash, but should turn out very nicely indeed with further bottle age. 94 points – Gary Walsh, The Winefront