Red Wine - Lebanon

Domaine des Tourelles Vieilles Vignes Carignan

£20.33
Domaine des Tourelles was founded in 1868 by French adventurer François-Eugène Brun and is one of the most highly acclaimed and oldest wineries still operating in Lebanon. The Brun family owned and ran the winery up until the last descendant died in 2003 but luckily two local families - the Issa and Issa el-Khoury families - joined forces to buy the property and continue the fine tradition of winemaking. This young and dynamic team have introduced new practices in the vineyards and cellar including the use of indigenous natural yeasts, no fining or filtering, and only very small amounts of sulphur. These techniques along with fruit from 40 hectares of ancient, organically cultivated and dry-farmed vineyards (among the oldest in the valley) and a winery perfect for hands-off winemaking, make Domaine des Tourelles one of the finest boutique wineries in the Middle East.

Domaine des Tourelles have a 50 year old block of Carignan in their Amik vineyard in the Bekka Valley. The fruit from here provides an excellent component for the acclaimed Domaine des Tourelles Red, but winemaker Faouzi believed it could produce great wine in it’s own right. This first vintage highlights his belief in the project. The nose has an exotic mix of ripe fig, bright cranberry and raspberry fruit with notes of liquorice, lifted and pronounced. The palate had more beautifully ripe red fruit characters, along side lively fig and date notes, the acidity perfectly balances the generous flavours and leaves a pure, clean finish. Food match: Marinated Mediterranean spiced meats, grilled vegetables. BBQs.

Tasting Note:
"The plate shows beautifully ripe red fruit characters, along side lively liquorice and fig notes, the acidity perfectly balances the generous flavours and leaves a pure, clean finish.

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