Wine Enthusiast Chateau Leoube, 2015 Chateau Secret de Léoube Rosé
"Produced from low-yield organic grapes grown close to the sea, this wine is intense and ripe. Smooth strawberry flavors are lifted with wild thyme and pepper. Bone dry, juicy and full of concentrated flavor, the wine comes from an estate owned by Lord and Lady Bamford." –Apr-17
Wine Advocate Chateau Leoube, 2015 Chateau Secret de Léoube Rosé
"Notes of white peach, cherry blossom, tangerine and salty minerality all emerge from the light salmon colored 2015 Cotes de Provence Secret de Leoube. Medium-bodied, fresh, classy and impeccably balanced, it's another classy Rosé from this estate to drink over the coming summer months."
Chateau Leoube, 2015 Chateau Secret de Léoube Rosé
Fruit comes from organically grown grapes from 35-year-old vines (50-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines). Soils are a mixture of clay, mica schist and sand. The proximity of the sea, the daily sea breeze and cool nights are all factors that provide an ideal climate for growing grapes.
Grapes are hand-harvested and directly pressed. The juice extraction is slow and delicate. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations occur in stainless steel tanks and bottling takes place in the spring. (2800 cs)
Spring was wet allowing the ground soil to retain humidity for the following summer months. June, July and August were hot and dry with no hail or storms. As always, the unique sea breeze due to the proximity to the sea cooled down the vines overnight.
The grapes were more concentrated bringing more developed flavors to the wines this year. Harvest started a week early (21st August) with no disruption of rain or thunderstorms. 45 pickers worked 5500 hours (sunrise to noon) handpicking 467 tons of grapes. Fruit was all hand selected in the vineyards and pressed whole cluster with their stalks.