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That’s how Château Léoube describe their latest rosé, and it’s a good call. It is pink. It is pretty. It is presented in a magically understated bottle. The bottle looks much better in real life than in the photos on the accompanying blurb. That is my only criticism, so best I get it out of the way now.
The sample bottle was accompanied by a very well produced booklet, but the photo of Rosé de Léoube is orange. Yes, orange. Get a better photographer.
Okay, gripe over. The wine itself is delightful. It has a spring in its step, and it gushes summer. This is not a wine for consuming with a meal. This is a wine for sunny days with friends. This is a sociable number, designed for pals to share. It works. It really works.
For those who need to know these things Château Léoube is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. They say that the age of the vines is 22 years. I presume that is an average over the four.
Winter has come early in this reviewer’s part of the planet. I would have loved to have tried this in the garden. Instead, I invited a couple of friends to try it with me in front of a roaring log fire. Their verdict? More, please.