I could make an awful joke about Léoube-ing up for Christmas. But I won’t. Instead, I thought I’d share my thoughts on this new, fascinating little limited edition fizz from Chateau Léoube in Provence.
I was skeptical at first; a sparkling version from one of my all time favourite Provencal rosé producers? You know, the ballet-shoe pink with surprising weight and creaminess, complete with sea-salt tang on the finish? HOW IS THAT EVER GOING TO TRANSLATE?
It works though. This ‘Sparkling de Léoube’ still has that beautiful, pale rose colour. The weight is there, but instead of soft strawberries and cream like their still pinks, there’s a moreish, yeasty, apple skin flavour. Even that characteristic saline note makes an appearance at the end, adding a bit of quirky interest.
Léoube say to drink this as an aperitif or with canapés like smoked salmon blinis. I agree with the aperitif bit (I have a glass with me right now!), but I do think this wine would come into its own with some food. Christmassy salmon blinis would be bang on – even without the smoked bit!
Ok, I’ve been to-and-fro on this. Is it Harrods or TOWIE? I couldn’t decide initially, but now I think it’s kinda both. In a good way. I think this bottle would look equally at home in Mahiki, in Harvey Nicks or The Sugar Hut in Brentwood. What do you think?
Grape variety: 100% Cabernet Franc
Winemaking: Hand harvested grapes, slow and delicate pressing, 9 months aging on lees before release.
Price & UK stockist: £24 Daylesford Organic
Find it. Buy it. Drink it. There’s still time before Christmas!