Domaine des Tourelles was founded in 1868 by French adventurer Francois-Eugene 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.
Vineyards are located in the Western Bekaa, and grapes are gown on 15-20 year old vines on sandy limestone soil. 100 % manual harvest takes place.
Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks for 10 days. The syrah undergoes a short maceration and bleeding (a rose saignee), while the Cinsault and Tempranillo are direct pressed. No malolactic fermentation takes place. After blending the wine undergoes a gentle clarification.
Pretty pink in colour spice notes and tonnes of strawberry and summer fruits. This is a fuller bodied rose with warm southern flavours of lush summer fruits with a zesty spicy finish.
Try with spicy antipasti, trout steamed with chilli, Tabbouleh, Baba Ghanoush with olive oil, lemon & garlic, grilled lamb.