Bargylus Grand Vin de Syrie Blanc 2013
A blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc. Fading yellow with light green reflections. The nose expresses exotic fruit aromas of papaya and lemon with a touch of saltiness as well. On the palate, it is very elegant, and round, keeping a lot of freshness due to good acidity.
The white is a blend of 60-40 Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc. The 2004 was the first volume presented to the astonished world press. Beautiful, well-balanced wines that pay homage to the rich high culture of Syria.
Here’s a bottle that embodies a fascinating story about wine and war. There isn’t a winemaker in the world that faces the same challenges brothers Karim and Sandro Saadé do. From war and stray mortar shells, to taxing grape samples across borders and managing an entire estate remotely for ten years, the Saadé brothers have beaten all the odds to create one of the best wines in the eastern Mediterranean year after year.
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 vineyard benefits from a very poor clayey limestone soil and is situated at an altitude of 900m, which causes important differences in temperature between day and night. The climate is subject to western maritime influences as well as to beneficial high-levels of humidity. Autumn is quick to set in, even before the grapes’ full maturity which allows the tannins’ slow maturation and the preservation of the aromatic freshness despite the strong summer sunniness that conveys to Bargylus a full-bodied taste and good levels of alcohol.
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