Domaine des Tourelles
Domaine des Tourelles white 2020
Lebanon / Bekaa Valley
Andy's Tasting Notes
Terrific freshness coupled with an exotic melange of peach, jasmine, apricot, bergamot and nutmeg. Finishes with a pleasing minerally and herbal overtone. For the adventurous!
5% Muscat de Alexandria
Match with Tabbouleh/roasted vegetable couscous/pasta.
Closure – cork
Price per bottle £11.95
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.
Food matchTabbouleh, roasted vegetable couscous/pasta
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