Flamboyant, floral white with an exotic nose of peach, acacia blossom and Turkish delight. The vivid, broad palate is full bodied and luscious, with abundant flavours of candied citrus, honey, pollen and apricots. Refined, complex and harmonious - a real pleasure wine!
Lovely sipped slowly on its own or with spinach and goat’s cheese soufflé.
This fine French white wine is made from 100% Viognier grown in the tiny appellation of Condrieu, in the northern Rhône. Fermentation is in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to lock in the grape's extravagantly-fruity flavours, and the young wine reposes then in old wood for ten months on its fine lees.
Condrieu is a prestigious wine region in the northern Rhône, where wines must be made from Viognier. The vineyards are situated on south-facing granite slopes, many of which are too steep for machinery and so have to be farmed exclusively by hand. Condrieu/Viognier has enjoyed a renaissance since its 1980s nadir, when it was almost extinct. It has evolved stylistically in that time, moving in line with market sentiment from sweet to dry (i.e. not sweet) and powerful.
In 1964, the Lavau family founded a company that produced wine from bought-in grapes and then sold it on in the bulk wine market. In 2000, Frederic and brother Benoit Lavau took control and the boys totally changed the direction of the business, deciding to start bottling their wine under the present Lavau label.