2016 Bargylus Grand Vin de Syrie Blanc

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Type of Wine White
Country Syria
Winery Bargylus
Vintage 2016
Grape Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2028
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Everyone knows by now that the birthplace of wine is in Lebanon. But the wine region was much larger then, and at the same time that wine was being produced in present-day Lebanon, wine was also being made a few hundred kilometers away, more specifically around the Jebel-Al-Ansariye, near the important Phoenician city, Ramitha.

Mount Bargylus dominates this part of the Syrian landscape, the land that gave us the alphabet and money. Deir Thouma has always been a historic and special wine estate, recently brought back to life by the Saadé family. The Mediterranean climate has been particularly favorable for viticulture since time immemorial. Bargylus winery is under the strict supervision of top oenologist Stephane Derenoncourt, and he works here uncompromisingly on a flawless course, making wines with great precision and depth.

The white is a blend of 60-40 Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc. The 2004 was the first vintage presented to the astonished world press. Beautiful, balanced wines that are an ode to the rich high culture of Syria. Quality, the terroiur must speak and uncompromising. This is how Karim & Sandro Saadé define their wine philosophy. This approach, unlike many local practices, is aimed at raising Syrian wine to the level it deserves.

By using the best international varieties for both red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot) and white (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), they want to show the excellence of the soil and organic farming and now Bargylus is without a doubt the flagship of Syria. The Bargylus Grand Vin de Syrie Blanc has a light yellow color with light green reflections. In the nose, the wine is very elegant and has nothing too much or too little. Beautiful fruit, beautiful acidity, notes of white flowers and a touch of citrus and minerals. The wine is medium to full bodied with fresh (citrus) fruit and good acidity ending with a salty mineral long aftertaste.

Vineyard for 2016 Bargylus Grand Vin de Syrie Blanc

The Bargylus estate is located near Deir Touma, literally translated as the “Monastery of Thomas”, not far from the archaeological remains of the Crusade and the illustrious Saladin. Typically Mediterranean in style, Bargylus elegantly combines strength and sophistication. The balance between sweetness, which comes with sunshine and the full ripeness of the grapes, and salt content that comes with limestone, allows Bargylus to convey a strong soil identity and inimitable flavor.

Everyone now knows that the cradle of Syrian wine is in Lebanon. But the wine region was much larger then, and at the same time that wine was produced in present-day Lebanon, wine was also made a few hundred kilometers away, more precisely around the Jebel-Al-Ansariye, near the important Phoenician city, Ramitha. Mount Bargylus dominates this part of the Syrian landscape, the land that gave us the alphabet and money. Deir Thouma has always had a historic and special wine estate, recently brought back to life by the Saadé family. The Mediterranean climate has been particularly favorable for wine-growing since time immemorial.

Bargylus winery is under the strict control of top oeunologist Stephane Derenoncourt. Here he works uncompromisingly on a flawless course, and makes wines with great precision and depth. Using the best international varieties for both red (Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot) and white (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc), they want to show the excellence of the soil and organic farming and now Bargylus is without a doubt the flagship of Syria.
Quoted today by Pliny the Elder, Mount Bargylus, known today as Jebel Al-Ansariyé, stretches from the Orontes Valley near the ancient city of Antioch to the Eleutherus Valley in the south of ancient Emesa. Located in the hinterland of the modern Syrian city of Latakia and the Canaanite metropolis of Ugarit, the slopes of Mount Bargylus were richly covered with vines during Greco-Roman times.

Wine making in Syria is a real challenge given the lack of wine culture and infrastructure. The task became more difficult with the outbreak of war in Syria. The Saadé brothers have not been able to visit the estate since the beginning of the conflict. In addition to the obvious safety problems, Bargylus also has a logistical problem: harvesting is done by telephone by the two brothers. Grape samples are sent by taxi for tasting in Beirut to determine harvest dates for each plot. Laboratory testing is conducted outside the country and exporting the wines is also an extremely complex process.

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Type of Wine White
Country Syria
Winery Bargylus
Grape Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2016
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2028
Alcohol % 14.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 90
Tasting Profiles Aromatic, Dry, Fresh, Fruity, Green & grassy, Tropical fruit, White fruit
Drink moments Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Summer party, Terras, Voor alledag
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