It is a new gin, made in a new place, Provence in the south of France. It is a gin marked by its geographical location nestled between the wild hills of pine scrubland and aromatic plants to the north and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The estate of Léoube known for its fine organic and sustainable rosé wines has launched its very first gin, christened, appropriately Mediterranean Gin. Drawing its inspiration from the flora surrounding the estate, this gin is elaborated in a virtuous circle, a circle in which each step enhances the last one. Its essence brings to mind the heady perfumes of local wild flowers and herbs and refreshing sea-spray.
The Domaine Léoube is located in one of the most beautiful protected regions of Europe in the heart of Cape Bénat. The estate’s gin is carefully distilled in copper stills with each plant extract being distilled separately with the house’s oenologist assembling each distillation. The estate’s wine musts and olives (the gin martini comes to mind and taste buds here) are also part of the distillation process.
It is an elegant gin evoking citrus fruits and their leaves. The creation is complemented by a fine bouquet of typical gin spices with the citrus notes blending brilliantly with the discrete notes of anise seed and pepper followed by a final note of typically Provencal rosemary. The gin has been brought out in limited quantities and its complexity makes it both a joy straight or in a cocktail.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
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