François Lurton introduces Vermouth at Vinexpo

After mastering wine and gin, Lurton turns to vermouth

François Lurton, from the eponymous winegrowing dynasty in Bordeaux, not only vinifies excellent wines in South America and Europe, but also has a great passion for distinctive distillates. After the rousing success of his Sorgin, a gin distilled from Sauvignon Blanc, he and his partner Sabine Jaren have now created a fabulous vermouth – from this same grape variety.

Few people know the Sauvignon Blanc as well as Lurton, and even fewer have the opportunity to vinify this grape variety on as many diverse and exciting terroirs as he does, in Spain, France, Argentina & Chile. This has led him in recent years to go one step further and see – in addition to the wine – what outstanding specialty items he could create from it. After the great success of Sorgin, he did not hesitate for long before developing the new vermouth.

The vermouth is called “LÉONCE”, a tribute to Lurton’s great-grandfather. It is an extra-dry white vermouth made from selected Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the region Gers in Occitanie. The most recent vintage of the wine “Les Fumées Blanches” serves as the base, to which the macerate is added. In this process, the Sauvignon Blanc grapes are distilled to 70° alcohol and avoured with herbs.

This creates a nicely balanced vermouth with intense and complex aromas. Robust notes of citrus fruits (pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, lemon & orange rind) combine with delicate aromas of violet, sage & verbena. A fleeting note of lychee adds an exotic touch. It is rounded off with a hint of bitterness from the tart orange peel and the spicy notes of liquorice on the palate. As befits a vermouth, the herb that gave the drink its name persists long into the finish.

Anyone who thinks that this is François Lurton’s only vermouth is in for a surprise. The final polishing work is now being done on two unusual red variations.

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