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Domaine des Tourelles Red - Bekaa Valley

Lebanon

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Domaine des Tourelles Red - Bekaa Valley - Red

£11.95 per bottle

Half case: £71.70
Full case: £143.40

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A hugely characterful, high altitude red from one of the founding Lebanese wineries.
 

Meet the Producer

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. It was also the first commercial cellar in 'modern' Lebanon to produce wines, arak and other spirits. This place has history! 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. Today, this Bekaa Valley estate is run by the three Issa children - twins Faouzi and Johanne and their sister Christiane, alongside Emile Issa-el Khoury, son of one of the co-owners. This young and dynamic combination have introduced a handful of 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.
 

Production

100% manually harvested blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Syrah (40%), Grapes are grown on 15-20 year old vines on sandy limestone, with clay sub-soils. Cinsault (15%) and Carignan (5%). Traditional vinification in concrete vats, after 10 days fermentation the wine is blended and then aged in concrete vats for 16 months.

Tasting notes

A traditional blend. Deep ruby red with fantastically expressive aromas of cherries, cedar wood, rosemary and cloves. A rich savoury palate with lots of Morello cherry and blackberry flavours, some earthy spice and fine tannins. A wine packed with flavour and heritage.

Food match

Perfect with rich, lamb casseroles or a spicy chickpea harissa stew.

Awards

2014 Vintage

IWC 2018 - Lebanese Red Trophy

IWC 2018 - Great Value Red

IWC 2018 - Gold

2013 Vintage

Sommelier Wine Awards 2016 - Bronze

 

DETAILS

  • ABV

    14%

  • CASE/BOTTLE SIZE

    6 x 75cl

  • REGION/COUNTRY

    BEKAA, LEBANON

  • GRAPE

    CABERNET SAUVIGNON 40%, SYRAH 40%, CINSAULT 15%

  • FEATURES

    VEGETARIAN, VEGAN

  • CLOSURE

    CORK

  • WINEMAKER

    MR. FAOUZI ISSA

  • ALLERGEN INFO

    CONTAINS SULPHITES AND NO OTHER ALLERGENS

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