Lavau Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015 ~ Southern Rhône, France
91/100 Wine Magazine
91/100 Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast "It's an easygoing, accessible red with soft acidity and ripe tannins, but maintains an alluring whisper of earthiness through the finish. Enjoy now through 2022......Hints of fur, bramble and moss lend elegance to forward, fruity tones of black plum and mulberry in this wine. "
Jeff Leve "Medium bodied, easy drinking wine with a forward, red berry core of fruit. Best to enjoy this young."
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.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the most famous Southern Rhône appellation and the finest expression of the Grenache grape and Grenache based blends. The name Châteauneuf-du-Pape means "new castle of the Pope", and harks back to the early 14th Century, when Avignon was chosen as the new home for the Pope's court. It is one of the most renowned appellations in France, famous for a layer of stones called galets ("pebbles") which surround the vines. The galets soak up heat during the day, and release it during the night, thereby regulating the temperature of the vines.