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Maison Lavau History, Overview
The birth of Maison Lavau dates back to 1964, when it was founded by the Lavau family. The Lavau family were already familiar with with wine trade as they moved from St. Emilion in the Right Bank of Bordeaux to Violes to start their own business. Their goal at the time was to be a negociant, producing wine from purchased fruit. Since 2000, the company has been managed by managed by the brothers, Benoit Lavau and Frederic Lavau. In 2009, Lavau SAS had grown as a company enough that they began selling their wine to other negociants so they could produce and bottle the product as they saw fit. Being one of the largest negociants in the Southern Rhone by that point, they were purchasing fruit from almost 350 different growers! Their output by that time was close to 800,000 cases of wine per year. In 2013, Lavau SAS expanded their company and purchased Chateau Maucoil, creating a new partnership, Groupe Maucoil Lavau, which is co-owned by the Lavau family and the Bonnet family.
Maison Lavau Vineyards, Wines, Winemaking
Maison Lavau produces wine from 25 hectares of vines they own in Chateauneuf du Pape. They also own 17 hectares cultivated in the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation where they make both red and white wine. In Chateauneuf du Pape, they make 1 red wine.
Maison Lavau Chateauneuf du Pape is produced from a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre from vines that are on average, 40 years of age. The terroir is sandy soils found in the Baratin vineyard. The grapes are 100% destemmed. The wine is aged in a combination of 50& new, French oak barrels and the remaining 50% of the wine is aged in tank for 12 months before bottling.
As a negociant, Maison Lavau bottles and sells wine from numerous appellations including: Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas,
Vacqueyras, Tavel, Rasteau, Cotes du Rhone, Cotes du Rhone Villages, Ventoux, Valreas and Bagnols sur Ceze. They also sell several well priced, IGP wines.
Serving and Decanting Maison Lavau with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Maison Lavau is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be popped and poured, or decanted for an hour so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Lavau is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, stewed, dishes, sausage and cassoulet. Lavau is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms pasta, eggplant and tomatoes.
Lavau Wine Tasting Notes
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Medium bodied, easy drinking wine with a forward, red berry core of fruit. Best to enjoy this young.
Aug 21, 2017points - Tasted 1082 Views
Medium bodied, uncomplicated, easy drinking, fresh, red fruit filled wine that offers great pleasure for near term enjoyment.
Jun 23, 2016points - Tasted 858 Views
Garrigue and herbs with a light, short, red berry finish.
Sep 7, 2015points - Tasted 1649 Views
Sweet and spicy berries, medium bodied and open, the wine finishes with a blend of fresh herbs and peppery cherries. From a blend 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Mourvedre, the wine reached 14% alcohol.
Sep 10, 2014points - Tasted 1660 Views