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Syrah from the oldest commercial winery in Lebanon


I know I am far too caught up with work and neglecting my posts when I receive a gentle, humorous prod from Lou.  Despite the lack of regular posts I still drink wine every day.  This pleasant weekend I spent an afternoon with my new neighbor Taz whose friend brought back a bottle of 2009 Domaine des Tourelles, Grande Cuvee, Syrah, Bekaa Valley from Lebanon.

Domaine des Tourelles is the oldest commercial winery in Lebanon, dating back to 1868.  It was founded by Francois Brun, a French engineer, who came to Lebanon in 1860 to build a road from Damascus to Beirut.  The winery remained in the family until 1999 when the last Brun passed away.  Today it is run by the Fissa family of which the winemaker Faouzi Issa trained for a period under Rene Rostaing.  The 19th century cement vats are still around so this wine has a tie to the past beyond just its name.

The wine itself is in a fully mature state.  It is savory with an attractive leather component that adds appreciable complexity to the fruit.  I would drink this up now while there is still good fruit.

2009 Domaine des Tourelles, Grande Cuvee, Syrah, Bekaa Valley
Imported by suitcase.  This wine is 100% Syrah fermented in concrete then aged for 24 months in American oak.  Alcohol 14%.  Maturing in color.  This is a savory wine leather notes and a gentleness that speak of some age.  There are still powdery flavors of red and black fruit.  The structure is largely resolved with mature flavors and bits of confection evident in the finish.  *** Now but will last.

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