Châteauneuf-du-Pape : merger and acquisition between Maison Lavau and Château Maucoil

Thursday December 05 2013 by Vitisphere

Maison Lavau, a winemaker and negoce company from the southern Rhone Valley and Château Maucoil (Chateauneuf du Pape) have merged to create Groupe Maucoil Lavau, which will be 65% owned by the Lavau family and 35 % by the Bonnet family.

A Historic property of Châteauneuf-du-Pape where vines have been cultivated since the 17th century , Château Maucoil owns 25 ha of AOC Chateauneuf -du -Pape , 17 ha of Côtes du Rhône Village and 3 ha IGP Vaucluse. The property also includes a winery, offices and a castle . "Château Maucoil has been one of our partners for several years. It made sense to get closer due to the complementarity of our activities : the wines of the castle are well established in France and Europe while our main markets are in North America and the USA . We took this opportunity to strengthen our image with a large and prestigious Châteauneuf  producer"  says Benoit Lavau , one of two brothers at the head of the company.

Created in the 1960s by their father, Maison Lavau is specialized in winemaking. The company buys grapes from c.350 producers/partners from the southern Rhone Valley and vinifies 70 to 80,000hl  a year. It has three wineries located in Violès ( corporate headquarters ) , Valréas and Entrechaux . It also owns 90 hectares : 60 ha in Valréas and 30 ha in Bagnols sur Cèze . Focused exclusively on bulk wine sales, the company started in 2008 a bottled wine  activity with a high end bias. Conducted under the Lavau brand and meant to be exported, it now represent 10% of all volumes.

Maison Lavau has an annual turnover of € 12 million and 12 employees.



[Source  : Vitisphere]

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