Leonce Vermouth Malbec
Leonce Vermouth Malbec, Created by Sabine and François Lurton, Léonce Malbec is the third vermouth in the Léonce range, intended as a tribute to Léonce Récapet, François’s distiller and great-grandfather. Each Léonce is the expression of its terroir. In the case of Léonce Malbec, it reflects that of the Chacayes, south of Mendoza in Argentina, where François, a pioneer of wine in this area, established the Piedra Negra Winery. Made on the basis of the famous Piedra Negra Malbec Reserva, fortified with a Pinot Gris distillation and enriched with about twenty botanicals from the Andes Mountains and mostly grown in the winery’s gardens. These botanicals are a mixture of citrus fruits (peels), spices (star anise, ginger…) aromatic herbs (mint, basil, sage, chamomile, lavender…), bitter plants (cinchona, gentian roots…) and typical plants of the South American continent (Incayuyo (Inca tea), jarilla, you donkey, matico …).
After extensive research in several regions of Argentina, François Lurton established his vineyard on high altitude and semi-desert lands of the Andes foothills (poor gravel reminiscent of those of Pessac-Léognan): the Uco Valley. A pioneer in this valley, he built his cellar, the Bodega Piedra Negra, in the heart of 200 hectares of virgin land. This land is in the district of Chacayes, name that François will give to his great cuvée. With his expertise acquired throughout the world, he immediately set up viticulture that respects the environment and produces remarkable wines.
Elaborated with a Malbec Reserva whose fermentation was stopped by the addition of a pinot gris distillate, it is enriched with twenty botanicals, from the Andes Cordillera and mainly cultivated in the gardens of the Bodega. It is a complex blend of citrus peels, spices (star anise, ginger.), Aromatic herbs (mint, basil, sage, chamomile, lavender, etc.), bitter plants (cinchona, roots of gentians,…) and plants typical of the South American continent (Inca tea, sedum morganium, larrea, matico,…).
Léonce Malbec packages the Andes Mountains in a vermouth.