Lavau Gigondas 2013 ( Wine Spectator Top 100)

French  Wines: Lavau Gigondas 2013 ( Wine Spectator Top 100)

Wow! What a stunning contemporary rendition of Gigondas (50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre) the Lavau brothers have fashioned in 2013. Deep and amplifying aromas of blackberry, cassis, cherry, and anise meld with a light waft of the most pleasing incense to fill the nose. And on the palate, this heady Gigondas is downright juicy and ripe, decadent with luscious fruit flavors, but not the least bit flabby or over the top. Lavau’s 2013 Gigondas is held perfectly in check by ripe, polished tannins that afford it considerable body as well as a smashing finish, even in the ardor of its youth. Full and rich from start to finish, this modern style of Gigondas not only captures the magic of one of the Rhône Valley’s greatest appellations, it raises the bar. Enjoy the youthful 2013 Lavau Gigondas now and for the next 7-8 years. Like all fine red Rhône wines, it is best served cool

Deep on the nose with pronounced spicy aromas (pepper,
nutmeg), typical of the appellation and which accentuate
the aromas of blackcurrants and raspberry jam.
On the palate, the wine shows a solid yet nicely coated
structure, volume and superb length.

NZD $35.00
  and then

Lavau has been wowing European audiences with their wines for some time, but the family’s wines have only recently made their way to our shores. 

 Wine Spectator awarded the 2013 Lavau Gigondas (this month’s feature) 91 points and named it to that publication’s Top 100 Wines of 2015.

Brothers Benoit and Frédéric Lavau are the third generation in the Lavau family to make wine and the current guardians of the family’s success. Originally from St. Émilion, Bordeaux’s most picturesque wine town, the Lavau family has made wine in many locales, including the hills of Tunisia, before settling in France’s Rhône Valley in the early 1960s. Today, Benoit and Frédéric fashion a stunning array of Rhône wines from three cellars. The brothers’ most illustrious crus are Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Tavel, and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. They also make a single village Côtes-du-Rhône from Rasteau along with several other tasty Provençal delights. We invite you to taste what the Lavau brothers have to offer.

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