Super red wine from Provence : Collector
The original idea
At Chateau Léoube, the vines are planted only 50 meters from the sea on soil which is over 800 million years old. As a personal lover of fine wine, Sir Anthony Bamford was quick to realise the similarity in latitude of Léoube to other coastal regions recognised for the quality of their Cabernet led wines.
He set Romain Ott a mission; to produce a red wine, clearly different in style to the red wines currently showcased in the Léoube portfolio.
Plantations began in 2002, with 3 hectares of Cabernet Franc, a few hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1 hectare of Merlot initially planted.All these grapes are well suited to the unique soil of Léoube (a blend of Mica Schist, Clay, Sand). Schist is a coarse grained metamorphic rock that consists of layers of different minerals – and is a key force in bringing a very special minerality to the finished wine.
This first test focused on 20 year old Cabernet vines already planted on the estate. These tests were repeated several times over the years, until Romain Ott was confident enough to roll out a full scale production in 2011.
Rigorous tasting has given the vines a chance to mature – they are now over 10 years old – and production is steady and controlled.
2011 is a great vintage at Léoube. Ideal weather conditions throughout spring led to perfect flowering and a long dry summer produced beautiful homogenised ripeness of the fruit. Perfect conditions for the first official vintage of Collector.
Grape maturation and ripening is followed closely to ensure harvest occurs at the optimum time to keep a balance to the wine through perfect tannic extraction.
As always the practice at Chateau Leoube, the Cabernet grapes are manually harvested and selected grapes are placed in stainless steel tanks for a slow maceration.
The length of the fermentation depends on the expert tasting of Romain Ott. At the end of this slow maceration and natural alcoholic fermentation, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrels.
Bottling occurs after 16 months of ageing; significantly longer than the usual 9 months required for Léoube red wines.
Collector 2011 is the only red wine to be matured in new French oaked barrels, although a larger size of 600 Litres is preferred to ensure the wood characters are not too pronounced.
The ageing will continue in bottle, and the wine can be stored for up to 15+ years.
Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, this unique and original wine is presented in a dark, elegant and heavy bottle; preserving the style of Léoube whilst emphasising the additional weight this wine brings.
Collector 2011 has a dense colour and rich blackberry flavours.
The initial mouth feel is supple and silky, before revealing the structure and balance associated with the Léoube House style.
The finish is powerful but controlled, and the rich flavours persist on the palate.
To enjoy Collector 2011 in its optimal condition, decant and serve at room temperature. The wine will continue to open and develop alluringly in the glass.
A warming Autumnal wine, The Collector 2011 is a perfect match for traditional English stews, char-grilled meats and any variety of game.
Old Bordeaux style bottle with an elegant serigraphy logo.
Sold individually in a stylish black cylinder for the perfect gift solution or in a bespoke 6 bottles Léoube case.
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