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Lebanese Wine Tasting featuring  Nadji & Jill Boutros - Proprietors of Ch Belle-Vue 

With a 4,000 year history of winemaking Lebanon is one of the classic wine growing regions of the world. French influence and winemaking tradition is apparent in the most commonly planted varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, alongside indigenous varietals such as Merwah and Caladoc. Currently enjoying a renaissance in both quality and recognition, Lebanese wines are some of the best values on the market today. Join us at Sigel’s-Greenville on Monday February 17th from 5-7pm as we welcome Nadji & Jill Boutros, proprietors of Ch Belle-Vue in the Lamartine Valley of Lebanon for a tasting of their current releases. In addition we will also highlight the wines of Ixsir and Ch Kysara as well. For more information on this free tasting please contact David Waddington or Scott Loudder at store01wine@sigels.com or 214/739-4012. 

Lebanese Wines to be Tasted:

Ch Belle-Vue le Château 2011     Ch Belle-Vue la Renaissance 2011     Ch Belle-Vue Petit Geste 2016 

Ixsir Altitudes Red 2014     Ixsir Altitudes White 2017 

Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2016    Ksara Merwah 2017 

Ch Belle-Vue le Château 2011                    $36.99

40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. Ripened dark red fruits with soft vanilla notes offered by the oak. Very mineral and earthy. Velvety feeling in the palate with flavors of candied orange peel, black cherry, cocoa and violet. Very spicy with notes of pepper and cloves. 

Ch Belle-Vue la Renaissance 2011             $39.99

45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very earthy, mineral aromas with notes of black sweet cherry, dried raisins, tobacco and pure cocoa, with a hint of leather and freshly ground pepper. Soft structured tannins on the palate, with a crisp and balanced acidity. Licorice and a recurrence of cocoa notes. Very long and clean aftertaste. 

Ch Belle-Vue Petit Geste 2016                   $38.99

60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Viognier. Strong floral notes including mimosa and rose, anise seed and white peach. Intense minerality. Reminiscent of the smells and sunshine of late spring or early summer. Smooth acidity, very drinkable, tendency towards minerality, pomelo and orange confit, white peach (and maybe apricot). 

Ixsir Altitudes Red 2014                              $17.99

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo & Caladoc. Warmth, sharpness, maturity and character are the dominant traits of this wine. Imprinted with mature fruits, its delicate and complex bouquet balances an oaked aroma with red and black fruits. Notes of blackberry and blackcurrant blended with a fine empyreumatic touch give the wine a soft and complex character. Its final silky taste makes it a pleasant and accessible wine, to share in a relaxed environment. 

Ixsir Altitudes White 2017                          $13.99

70% Viognier, 30% Chardonnay aged 12 months in French Oak. A wine with elegant, delicate aromas of flowers, white-fleshed fruits; and infused plants and spices, underpinned by a subtle complexity.On the palate, the purity of a superb Viognier blends with the fullness of Chardonnay to deliver a smooth yet firm wine with a remarkable elegance, minerality and depth. 

Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2016                 $12.99

60% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc aged 6 months in French oak. Combines finesse and elegance with aromas dark fruit, wood and vanilla. Supple, pure, and round on the palate with layers of,plum and berry fruit. Well structured tannins give it length and persistence on the rich, silky finish. 

Ksara Merwah                                              $10.99

100% Merwah. Merwah is an ancient white grape, which is given profound expression by Lebanon’s formidable terroir. It had been used in winemaking and arak production for centuries. On the nose, it offers intense citrus flavors with white flowers and mineral notes. The palate is full of tropical fruit flavors with undertones of guava, lime and summer melon, all balanced with a fresh acidity. It has a good middle palate with a lingering aftertaste.

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