Heritage Chateau, 2014
Deep crimson in colour, with a smoked, roasted nose and black fruits. Powerful with blackcurrant and blackberry in the mouth with crystallised prune notes.
Most wine history books agree there is no doubt wine was first made in the Middle East. Noah, Naboth, Christ, St. Paul, the great Roman Temple at Baalbeck, are all but few of the evidence that support this fact, Theories even exist to suggest that a large number of red and white grape varieties were distributed as far as Europe by the Phoenicians from what is now Lebanon, and are ancestors to many of the grape varieties today.
And so it was that in 1888, Jibran Elias Touma established one of the first wineries and distilleries in Lebanon in the small town of Kab-elias in the Bekaa Valley to produce wine and Arak the national Lebanese drink.
Continuing in the family tradition of his father and his grand fathers, Dr. Dargham Elias Touma has combined the winemaking art of his heritage with a PhD in food and beverage science specializing in the "Grand Vin", the high quality wines that age. Thus was the birth of "HERITAGE", a new class of Lebanese Wine.
|Alcohol % by Vol.||14.5%|
|Vegetarian & Vegan||Vegetarian suitable, Vegan suitable|
|Style||Red - Full & round|
|Grape Type(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah|
All the major wineries from Lebanon have their vineyards situated in the southern Bekaa Valley. The French influence between the two World Wars promoted a culture of wine drinking in the country, as did the sophisticated Mediterranean culture of Beirut at that time. Lebanese winemakers traditionally favour French grape varietals as a result, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Rhone varietals such as Cinsaut, Carignan and Grenache.
Today over 50% of the wines made in Lebanon are exported to places like the UK and USA.