Algeria was once apart of the French Empire, and a lot of wine was grown there. When the country declared it’s independence, most of the winemakers headed to the France. Jean-Guy Lavau was one of those emigres. He and his wife Anne-Marie took charge of a wine cellar near Chateauneuf du Pape, in the tiny town of Sablet.
Their winery, Maison Lavau, has thrived. They recently purchased vineyards in the nearby village of Rasteau. This is the inaugural wine of this new project. The wine is sourced from very old vines of Grenache and Syrah along with small amounts of Carignan, Mourvedre and Cinsault.
This is a huge blockbuster of a wine. Aromas of forest floor fall into a huge blast of dark fruit. Cuban cigar and lavender notes drive into a deep flavor pit of licorice, chocolate, and blueberry preserves. Velvet tannins and a lush full body push this bottle into the stratosphere.