Few days ago, we were invited by 209 Lebanese Wine as part of a small group to visit Château Heritage winery and discover their latest wines. I’ve known Château Heritage wines for a long time and some of their wines are always found in our cellar at home, but I was eager to go on that adventure and further explore the story behind this winery.
Once we got there, we were greeted by the man himself: Dr. Dargham Touma. The minute you meet the guy, the pieces of the puzzle start fitting in. He is simply incredible. He radiates passion, generosity, charisma and an unfathomable love of live.
After a very insightful tour of the winery, seasoned with the right dose of information and laughter, we reached the most important part of the winery aka the tasting room. I still cannot believe we tasted 10 different wines, out of which we had five reds, one rosé, two whites, one sweet wine and one chocolate wine.
The wines I particularly want to talk about are the newest Cuvée Saint Elie white and red, produced in commemoration of Dr. Touma’s late father. The white wine is simply incredible. It is a blend of Chardonnay and Viognier, the oldest vines of the winery, and is mixed with staves of oak that add richness and give the wine an exquisite hint of spices.
The red wine is a blend of Cinsault, the oldest Lebanese grape and Cabernet Sauvignon, the most resilient grape variety. It has hints of oak that do not overthrow its balance, and a velvety finish that is extremely smooth on the palate.
Both wines are a pure delight and are sold exclusively on 209lebanesewine.com. I highly recommend you give them a try; they’re a true commemoration of a winemaker’s story, passion and persistence.