2018 Lavau Cotes du Rhone Villages

Rhone Valley, France

A smooth and spicy Grenache/Syrah Cotes du Rhone at a great price


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About the Wine

The Lavau Cotes du Rhone Villages is a lively and spicy wine with grapes sourced from some of the best terroirs in the Southern Rhone.

It has a deep colour due to the long maceration, with aromas and flavours of blackberry and blackcurrant, mixed with some spicy tones such as pepper and vanilla. The flavours are very ripe, with the Mistral winds and cool nights ensuring that the acidity levels did not drop away.

The tannin structure is smooth, with only a slight presence of oak, and there is fruit sweetness on the finish, making for a lovely wine.

About Maison Lavau

The Lavau story stretches back to the 19th century in the Bordeaux region of Saint-Emilion. After becoming the biggest wine producer in Tunisia, the operations moved to the Rhone Valley in the 1960s, after purchasing a small cellar in the department of Vaucluse, the capital of which is Avignon. Jean-Guy and Anne-Marie Lavau were then joined in the business by their sons Frederic and Benoit, who took over in 2000.

Maison Lavau produces a range of entry-level and premium wines, with a focus on subregions such as Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Cotes du Rhone, Vacqueyras, and Pays d'Oc, made from the usual array of Southern Rhone grapes such as Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsault, and Clairette.

Benoit Lavau, Benedicte and Charles Bonnet (from Chateau Maucoil, with whom Lavau merged in 2013), and Frederic Lavau
Benoit Lavau, Benedicte and Charles Bonnet (from Chateau Maucoil, with whom Lavau merged in 2013), and Frederic Lavau
Rhone Valley, France
Additional Info

From the Producer

VINEYARDS AND TERROIR : The Grenache and Syrah vines are planted on clay-limestone plains which are particularly well exposed and are managed to obtain a yield of around 40 hl/ha

PRODUCTION : The grapes are entirely de-stemmed and placed in temperature-controlled vats to macerate for around 18 days during which time only pumping-over operations are carried out. 50% of the wine is aged in vat, and 50% in 450L barrels previously used for 1 or 2 vintages, for a period of 12 months, before being blended with the vat-aged wine.

TASTING NOTES : The delicately oaky nose offers up aromas of sweet spices which subtly mingle with notes of blackberry and blackcurrant. On the palate, there is a concentration of aromas underpinned by pronounced, yet lovely smooth, tannins.

SERVING AND FOOD PAIRINGS : 17°C, intermediate temperature to channel the wine’s power while allowing it to open up. Ideal with grills, good charcuterie or Camembert.

Blend : Grenache (50%), Syrah (50%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

The vineyards of Maison Lavau
The vineyards of Maison Lavau
Rhone Valley, France

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