Lavau Côte Rôtie 2012



Commanding, persuasive personality with fine, fragrant scents of blackberry, wood smoke and undergrowth. Huge structure, with poised acidity, grippy tannins and complex, delicious hints of strawberry jam, violet, bacon and tapenade. The finish just goes on and on – a wonderful wine. This wine is made from 100% Syrah (known elsewhere in the world as Shiraz) grown on south-facing slopes. The crop is entirely de-stemmed before crushing, so as to minimise green, sappy, herbal flavours. Maturation is one year in old oak barrels.

Decant for a couple of hours (any clean glass jug is fine) and savour alongside steak au poivre with Cognac sauce.



  • Structured, complex, long-lived
  • 750ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Cork
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Producer: Lavau

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 Lavau label. In a complementary move, they partnered the business with Château Maucoil, a 40-hectare farm in nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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