Vermouth Leonce Malbec
"And a 1, and a 2, and a 3… After Gascony and the Maury region, François and Sabine Lurton are showcasing a particular terroir that is very dear to them in order to create their third vermouth: Léonce Malbec.
The Chacayes terroir in Argentina is behind this vermouth’s creation. For more than twenty-five years, François has been planting his vineyard in high-altitude, semi-arid sites in the foothills of the Andes (meagre, deep gravel): the Uco Valley. François chose the Chacayes district (the name that François gave to his wine) to create Bodega Piedra Negra, on 200 hectares of virgin land.
This vermouth was made by the bodega’s oenologists using a Malbec Reserva, fortified with the addition of a Pinot Gris distillate. This fortified wine is then supplemented with around twenty botanicals, the majority of which come from the Andes mountains and some of which originate from the bodega’s own gardens. It is a complex blend of citrus peel, spices (star anise, ginger), aromatic herbs (mint, basil, sage, chamomile, lavender), bitter plants (quinquina, gentian root) and typical plants from the South American continent (Inca tea, sedum morganianum, larrea, matico)." - Domaines Francois Lurton