Lavau Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012 ~ Southern Rhône, France
Wine Spectator 90 /100 (outstanding)
Cite, Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2016
Wine Spectator "A dark, slightly beefy version, with baker's chocolate and warm leather notes weaving through a core of steeped plum and black currant paste flavors. Stays broad and fleshy through the finish. Best from 2015 through 2020. 30,000 cases made."
Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2016 "Grenache and syrah carve the lion's share in this cuvée, the mourvèdre making up (10%). On the nose, the spices are at the party (pepper, curry) with the red fruits and ripe, and the whole is harmonious. On the palate, the wine is smooth and round, supported by silky and fine tannins, refreshed by a happy menthol touch. This bottle will win its star after a short period." (Translation from French)
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar "Sweet and spicy berries, medium bodied and open, the wine finishes with a blend of fresh herbs and peppery cherries."
Jancis Robinson "A solid charmer with well-managed tannins and a fresh finish."
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.