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Paul Barre Leeloo

Hand harvest, a brief maceration of 2-5 days to maintain freshness and keep tannin at a low level. Natural fermentation in stainless steel and fiberglass tanks. A short 3 month maturation, unfined and very light filtration and minimal SO2 added just prior to bottling. Vin de France rather than Fronsac because the maturation time is shorter than the 6 month minimum for the appellation. The name is a nod to a character from the 1997 French sci-fi/action film, the Fifth Element. Leeloo is the fifth element of the Domaine: when the vintage allows it.

Established in 1974, Paul Barre has been known for several decades as a pioneer of biodynamic principals in France. This 10-hectare estate located in Fronsac (in the shadow of St Emilion a mere 12 km away) has been farming in this manner since the 1990. Since 2013 the vineyard has been ploughed by horses and vinification is deployed with minimal input. Paul’s vineyard has been taken over by his son Gabriel and his wife, Edith. Following in his father's footsteps, Gabriel and his wife continue to be artisans of the land.

Winemaker: Gabriel & Edith Barre
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux, Fronsac
Type: Red
Variety: Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Farming: Organic, Biodynamic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted 1990-2010
Production: 8000 bottles
Soil: clay, limestone, sand