In 1997, Lord Bamford, owner of JCB, and Lady Bamford, founder of Daylesford Organic, purchased the estate and carried over their shared care and passion for the land and environment with this new project. Although the estate’s estimated establishment occurred around the 14th century, the viticultural history in Provence dates even farther back to the Phoenician era. The centuries-old château is world-renowned for producing elegant, yet structured Rosé (70% of production) along with red and white wines from old-vine, Certified Organic fruit.
Provence’s warm days and cool nights, close proximity to the water, and cooling Mistral winds make it an ideal wine-growing region. Its uniquely diverse soils of varying clay, sand, quartz, and mica schist add to the production of Léoube’s star varieties – Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Léoube’s winemaker, Romain Ott of the famed Domaine Ott family is a firm believer in environmentally-friendly viticulture and winemaking practices. In the vineyard, Ott uses a “back-to-basics philosophy” with traditional growing methods and choosing only natural, non-toxic methods. The deep-rooted vines maintain very low yields and picking is only done by hand according to the lunar cycles.
Tasting Notes: There is an unmistakable scent of mint, evoking the herbs that grow wild around the vineyards. Even the nearby sea seems to have left its mark in the appetizing, lightly salty finish. This is a very complete rose wine, notable for its harmony, freshness, and sheer drinkability. Assured, understated, and refined, a highly accomplished Provence rosé wine.
A certified-organic blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvèdre from estate-grown fruit, the 2019 Cotes de Provence Rose de Leoube hints at crushed stone and passion fruit then settles down to deliver a savory mix of dried spices layered over melon and citrus. This medium-bodied wine shows remarkable complexity in its genre, with those spice notes recurring on the lingering, silky-textured finish. ~91 Robert Parker
Produced from organic grapes, this wine has a soft, ripe texture that gives it immediate appeal. It is rich with red-berry flavors and orange-peel acidity held together by the peppery texture. Drink now. ~91 Wine Enthusiast
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