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Domaine de Bargylus Red

RM270.00

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Started in 2003 by the Saade Family (from Chateau Marsyas in neighboring Lebanon), the Domaine de Bargylus is one of the last few running wineries in war-torn Syria. The Bargylus estate is precisely located near Deir Touma, literally translated as the ‘convent of Thomas’, not far from the archaeological vestiges of the crusading era and the illustrious Saladin. Typically Mediterranean in style, Bargylus elegantly combines strength and refinement: it has a strong color, the range of aroma is perceivable through the fresh fruit and minerality that translates the very shingly soil. The balance between sweetness, that comes with sunniness and the grapes, full maturity, and salinity that comes with limestone, allows Bargylus to convey a strong soil identity and an inimitable taste. The Bargylus Red is composed of two-thirds Syrah, and one-third a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Bargylus is an essentially Mediterranean wine with a surprisingly singular style. At no point does the Syrah dominate, the natural tendencies of this varietal having been suppressed by the intense terroir. Here Syrah expresses less black fruit and pepper, with a greater emphasis on floral aromas and a bias towards peony. Deep purple hue, the nose is complex with notes of spices & truffles. There is precision in the mouth with excellent balance between the integrated tannins, the elegant fruit and mineral freshness. The finish is powerful and sustained. Crafted from organically-grown grapes

Collection:

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Full-bodied

Blackberry

Oaky

Floral

Raspberry

Weight:

750ml

Alcohol Level:

0.145

Size:

750ml

Brand:

Domaine de Bargylus

Country:

Syria

Family:

Red wine

Grape Variety:

Syrah / Shiraz & blends

Vintage:

2015

Region Information:

Latakia

The Bargylus estate is precisely located near Deir Touma, literally translated as the 'Convent of Thomas', not far from the archaeological vestiges of the crusading era and the illustrious Saladin. Cited by Pliny the Elder, Mount-Bargylus, known today as Jebel Al-Ansariye, spreads 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 the Greco-roman era.

The Domaine was launched in 2003 by the Saade Family (with Brothers Karim & Sandro leading the team), a Lebanese family which originally comes from the Province (with their land confiscated in 1960 before they moved out of the Country). It was the first Syrian wine ever to be exhibited at the Vinexpo wine fair in Bordeaux. Typically Mediterranean in style, Bargylus elegantly combines strength and refinement: it has a strong color, the range of aroma is perceivable through the fresh fruit and minerality that translates the very shingly soil. The balance between sweetness, that comes with sunniness and the grapes’ full maturity, and salinity that comes with limestone, allows Bargylus to convey a strong soil identity and an inimitable taste.

Making wine in Syria is a real challenge given the lack of wine culture and infrastructure. The task became more difficult with the breaking out of the war in Syria. The Saade brothers have been unable to visit the estate since the beginning of the conflict. Beside the obvious security problems, Bargylus is also facing a logistical hassle: Harvesting is done over the phone by the two brothers. Grape samples are sent by taxi for tasting in Beirut in order to determine the harvesting dates for each parcel.

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