Lavau Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019 - Rhone, France
Curious Wines "...Beautiful!.....A fleshy, unctuous style that's very typical of the southern Rhône. Full and fruity, with a soft, yielding texture and loads of gorgeous pear, apricot and lemon flavours, and hints of almond blossom and anise on the dry finish." (2016 vintage)
The Winemaker "A lovely nose of peaches and pears with delicate anise overtones. Delicious on the palate with lovely fat, beautiful freshness and long-lingering aromas." (2016 vintage)
Grenache blanc (60%) Viognier (40%)
This wine is derived from selected vineyards in the Vaucluse and Gard areas of France. Grapes are selected from vines growing in clay-limestone plains and hillsides. After a light skin maceration, the grapes are pressed and placed in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. (2016 vintage)
Fermentation is carried out at low temperature to preserve as much fruit as possible. Ageing also takes place in vats, on the fines lees, with no malolactic fermentation taking place, in order to preserve the crisp, crunchy character of this easy-drinking wine. (2016 vintage)
Originally from Bordeaux, the Lavau family has been involved with winemaking for generations, and have had vineyards ranging from Bordeaux to Tunisia. In 1964 they were seduced by the richness and quality of the Provencal soil and settled down to make wine in the Rhone Valley.
The cellars of Lavau are currently managed by Benoit and Frederic Lavau, who work in partnership with 350 different grape growers. Benoit is a frequent visitor to Singapore and Pop Up Wine events.
Southern Rhone White Blend is a blanket term used to describe the various combinations of white wine grapes used in the southern half of the Rhone Valley. The principal varieties involved in a white wine from the southern Rhone are any combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Picpoul, though other local grapes may be used where appropriate. In the past decade Vermentino is appearing in an increasing number of blended wines from the southern Rhone.