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Cinsault Vieilles Vignes Domaine des Tourelles

Domaine des Tourelles

Cinsault Vieilles Vignes

2019 Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 75cl

Cinsault Vieilles Vignes Domaine des Tourelles

Championing indigenous Lebanese grape varieties, from old vines, at high altitude in vineyards that survive snow, frost, drought and heatwaves with minimal pruning, no ploughing, no irrigation and consistently demonstrating that the resilience of the vine, winemaker Faouzi Issa is most definately seen as a modern day pioneer in Lebanon. His 70 year old Cinsault Vieilles Vignes was a ground-breaking wine: whilst most of Lebanon only saw Cinsault as grape for blending with, Issa found a parcel that was perfect for reflecting the terroir, which has received international plaudits ever since its release. We urge you to try this!

“This is so good that the nose of wine made me smile out loud. The first sip made me laugh with pleasure. Outrageously drinkable, and yet there are layers and layers. The acidity puts vivid relief into the contours of the fruit and flavours of the wine. Redcurrants and raspberries, a darker pop of ripe, sun-warm blackcurrants and sour-cherry snapshots, but under all this somehow transparent fruit with glass-bauble sheen, there is a taste of lavender, a lick of red blood, old terracotta roof tiles baking in the hot sun, Turkish delight, grenadine, thyme. Immensely complex, despite its jollity, despite convincing anyone not looking too hard that this is simple fun. This will age. It has the temerity of tannins, the backbone of acidity, and the trueness of fruit. Although I would not be able to resist drinking it now. It practically grabs you bodily and dances you around the room, singing ‘Drink me! Drink me! Drink me!’. Damn delicious, quite frankly. Drink 2022 – 2028” Tamlyn Currin, Jancis Robinson Purple Pages, 8th August 2022

£19.75

Treat yourself to a case:
6 x bottles 75cl
£118.50
12 x bottles 75cl
£237.00
Case of 6: £118.50
Case of 12: £237.00

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Behind the bottle: Domaine des Tourelles

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.

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