Tourelles Cinsault Vielles Vignes Bekka Valley .750L Lebanon

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100% Cinsault from 50 year old vines grown in dry-farmed, high elevation vineyards, 1,050 meters (3,445 feet) above sea level. The soil is clay, with a clay and limestone subsoil. The grapes are hand-harvested in small boxes. Fermented in concrete vats with indigenous yeasts, then aged in old oak barrels for 8 months. Minimum amount of sulfur is added at bottling. Profound nose with broad, dusty fruit overlaid by dried-spice flavors. Earthy but clean, persistent finish. An elegant red to serve with hearty dishes.

While established in 1868 by a Frenchman, the current young winemaker Faouzi Issa is Lebanese (although though he did work a vintage at Chateau Margaux.) True to the title, their Cinsault vines are over 50 years old. Best known for the world famous anise sprit, Arak Brun, Domaine des Tourelles opened a tasting room and wine bar, unusual for the region, in Beirut in 2011.