About This Wine...
Bargylus elegantly combines strength & refinement it has a strong color, the range of aroma is perceivable through the fresh fruit & 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.
Maintained and Intense red, the nose expresses small black fruits with light notes of white pepper and spices. On the palate, a suave sensation with present but melted tanins with note of licorice. The final is long with a touch of minerality.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Syrah 20% Merlot
The vineyard : Vines wire-trained, green-harvesting, no pesticides, no weed-killers. Cereal crops planted between rows to improve aeration of the soil and feed the soil with organic matter and bacteria. Harvest by hand, gathering grapes in small crates, with grape sorting.
Soil : Silex & limestone
Altitude : 900m to 1200m
Surface : 12 hectares
Density : 6250 vines/ha
In the Irish Times, 2017 : Fractious Vintage: the most dangerous wine in the world
“Bargylus,The finest wine produced in the Eastern Mediterranean” Jancis Robinson – Hugh Johnson, World Atlas Of Wine – 2013
“Amid the war in Syria, one hillside vineyard still produces wines that are served in the Michelin starred restaurants of London and Paris” Reuters 2013
“The wines of Bargylus are wonderful, they have an emphatically old world aura and are expertly made” Fine wine magazine – 2013
“ Wines of war: pioneering winemakers in Lebanon and Syria” Wine Spectator – 2014
This remarkable project was started by Johnny R. Saadé and his two sons Karim and Sandro, a French family with Levantine roots. The 12 ha vineyard was planted in 2003 in the hills above the port of Latakia, close to Syria’s Mediterranean border with Turkey. Whilst hot, the climate is not excessively so with summer temperatures ranging from 30-32ºC during the day but dropping to 14-16 ºC at night enabling the production of ripe fruit yet retaining good freshness. Stéphane Derenoncourt, the Bordeaux consultant renowned for the elegant style of wines he prefers, works alongside the family to reinforce the potential for finesse that the region holds. The war has rendered things very complicated with the family unable to visit the property since 2011 and logistical problems such as grape samples having to be sent to Beirut by taxi for analysis (a 3 ½ hour drive) being just one of the many challenges they face. Great wines with an incredible story.