Fine wines produced by exceptional estates, many of them family-owned.
Rhône :: France
Formerly from St Emilion, the Lavau family has been involved in winemaking for several generations, from Bordeaux to the hills of Tunisia. In 1964, seduced by the richness and quality of the Provencal soil, they decided to settle in the Rhône Valley. 40 years later, the cellar is currently managed by Benoit and Frederic Lavau. The family own 3 cellars in the south of the Rhône Valley, where they are in partnership with 300 grape growers.
With their 3 cellars, the Lavau winery vinifies most of the appellations of the southern Rhône valley, from Côtes du Ventoux to the Côtes du Rhône, and all the famous cru’s such as Tavel, Vacqueyras, Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape. Established partnerships with the growers allows the Lavau family to choose the best terroir and the best grapes in order to create top quality wines.
Grenache 50%, Syrah 40%, Mourvédre 10%
The grapes are entirely de-stemmed and placed in temperature controlled vats for 24 days with two rack-and-return operations at the start of fermentation, followed by two pumping-over operations per day.
60% of the wine is aged in vat, and 40% in 450L barrels previously used for 1 or 2 vintages, for a period of 12 months, before being blended with the vat-aged wine.
Deep ruby red.
Ripe red berries, cherry compote and stewed plum with notes of woodsmoke and pepper.
Loads of sweet dark fruit on the velvety smooth finish.
Perfect with braised lamb shank or duck breast.