‘Anthony and I had been looking for a house in Provence for a while when we eventually found Léoube, our sleeping beauty. Set back from a quiet bay on the coastline, the house had been owned by the same family for years but hadn’t really been touched – we fell in love with it.’
– Carole Bamford
The previous owners had been producing rosé wine at Léoube in small quantities and we wanted to honour this tradition and continue to work with the unique terroir and setting of this historic château. But we also hoped to build on their foundation and push the winemaking at Léoube in order to create wines of exceptional quality that could be shared more widely.
Having turned our own family farm over to organic principles in the UK, we wanted to bring the same sustainable, natural approach to Léoube, working with the rhythm of the seasons to preserve and protect the land and to produce wines in harmony with nature’s cycles.
As founders of an organic farm, what was most attractive and fascinating to us at Léoube is its soil. Provence is home to some of the oldest vineyards in France and the soil there dates back over 800 million years. The seabeds once sat on the estate’s land, which saturated the soil with an array of minerals. Much of Léoube’s distinct flavours come from its soil and the gentle hint of the sea that infuses the vines on this land.
We arrived at Léoube in 1997 and began the process of converting the vineyard and olive grove to become organic. When we bought the estate, we asked our neighbour, Jean-Jacques Ott, to help guide us through the conversion process. Later his son Romain came to work for us – we call him little Ott. Romain brings a unique sensibility to the winemaking at Léoube, blending traditional techniques with new technology to create elegant, balanced wines that reflect his expertise and mastery of his craft. His skill is matched by his passion and it’s been a real honour to work with him to develop our range.
We’re very proud of the fact that all our wines, particularly the rosés, are consistently recognised as striking and excellent examples of their terroir. Léoube is now sold in over 30 countries around the world and there is so much more we would like to do to bring this beautiful terroir to people’s homes
1977 The Bamford family start converting their family farmland over to organic principles in the UK
1997 The Bamford family arrives at Léoube
2000 Romain Ott, a fourth-generation winemaker, takes over wine production at Léoube
2002 The Bamford family launch Daylesford Organic in the UK
2005 Launch of a new cuvée, Secret de Léoube
2010 Château Léoube gains its organic certification
2011 The Collector Grand Vin is launched
2012 Sparkling de Léoube is launched
2014 Launch of a new cuvée, Léoube La Londe
2018 Launch of a new cuvée, LOVE by Léoube
2020 Love by Léoube scores 90 pt at The Ultimate Wine Challenge, Silver at the Global Masters Awards
Rosé de Léoube Scores 91 pt Robert Parker, 91 pt at The Ultimate Wine Challenge, Gold at the Global Masters Awards, Gold at the Organic Global Masters
Secret de Léoube Scores 92 pt Robert Parker, wins Gold at the Global Masters Awards
La Londe wins 90 pt at The Ultimate Wine Challenge