PROVENCE - FRANCE
Situated in Bormes-les-Mimosas in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region, the Léoube estate spreads out over four kilometres of coastline. It is located on the Bénat peninsula, one of the most beautiful protected sites in Europe, on the shores of the Mediterranean – an absolutely unique setting in which to create unique wines.
Seduced by Léoube’s history, its beautiful setting, and its potential, Lord and Lady Bamford purchased the estate in 1997. Their aim was to make wines with character, true to the terroir. They followed a quality-oriented and environment-dedicated approach, something they started successfully in the UK more than 25 years ago with Daylesford Organic - one of the UK’s most successful sustainable farms. Implementation of their ethos began in the year 2000 with the recruitment of Romain Ott, an agricultural engineer specialising in winemaking. He oversaw Léoube’s rejuvenation with enthusiasm and great attachment to the family philosophy.
The vineyard is certified organic and follows strict biodynamic principles.“We believe in strengthening the land’s biodiversity and natural defences by employing traditional growing methods and using only natural, non-toxic treatments. As such, our grapes are all harvested by hand, in tune with the seasonal and lunar cycles. Our belief is that if you respect the balance of the plant then you will get the most balanced fruit in return, and the flourishing of the vines at Léoube stand as testimony to this approach.”
Provence Rose 2015
Pale silky salmon in colour, this is very much a rosé of elegance rather than power, a wine that grows in confidence as each mouthful is savoured. Blended from a mix of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre, the delicate aromas reveal scents of honey and soft red fruits.
16 points, Jancis Robinson MW -“Not quite as pale as its stablemate Le Secret de Léoube. Very pale rose pink. Neat, low-key nose - not nearly as aromatic as Le Secret. Competent. An assertive mouthful of ripe fruit and decent balance. Superior but put in the shade by Le Secret. ”
‘Secret de Leoube’ Rose 2015
Made with an extra dose of Cabernet Sauvignon from the estates oldest vines.
Chairman’s Trophy - 96 points - ‘Extraordinary’, Ultimate Wine Challenge 2016
17 points, ‘Wine of the Week’, Jancis Robinson MW -“Organic, an attribute of which much is made on the engraved straight-sided clear bottle. Very pale salmon pink. Subtle, herbal, aromatic nose. Lots of smokiness and all in a low-key insistent way. Dry finish. This wine suggests it would be very comfortable at the dining table. Neat palate. Good balance. Very refreshing and satisfying.”
‘Leoube La Londe’ Rose 2015
This is a fascinating wine, clearly Rosé La Londe in color and style, and yet with a richer texture and mouthfeel, reminiscent of a white Burgundy. While dry and crisp, there is fine intensity of strawberry and white peach fruit. 50% Grenache/50% Cinsault. Hand harvested. Free-run juice only, wild yeasts, full malolactic fermentation.