Couvent Rouge Deir al Ahmar White Blend
3 in stock
Region: Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Grape varieties: Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc
Couvent Rouge Deir al Ahmar White Blend is a blend of Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. A fresh and aromatic wine perfect for hot Florida days.
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About Couvent Rouge Deir al Ahmar White Blend
Couvent Rouge Deir al Ahmar White Blend is a blend of Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. This is a fresh and aromatic wine just perfect for our hot Florida days and balmy nights. Bright floral, green pear and ripe apricot aromas entice. The palate is crisp and lively with the aforementioned fruit and a lemony finish. Pair with shrimp scampi, French brie cheese, or salads.
About Couvent Rouge
Couvent Rouge was established in 2010, as a complement to the “Coteaux d’Heliopolis” cooperative project. Founded in 1999, the cooperative’s purpose was to replace illicit cannabis plantations with noble vine grape plantations; offering the possibility for the farmers to settle down in their native village.
Today, the Fair Trade certified cooperative gathers more than 200 farmers, with bio-certified vineyards, spreading over 240 Ha. Instead of selling raw materials to different Lebanese wine producers, two young and dynamic farmers, adherent to the cooperative, decided to give birth to the village’s wine by establishing Couvent Rouge, a modern and sophisticated winery that bears the name of its village.
Viognier is a white-wine grape variety known for producing textural, aromatic wines with pronounced stonefruit flavors; “apricots and steel” are the variety’s classic flavor associations. On the nose, Viognier wines can also be very herbal, with aromas of chamomile, lavender, thyme, and even a hint of pine. In aged examples and sweeter styles, this potentially overpowering herbal profile is softened by honeyed notes.
In the late 1960s, just 14 hectares (35 acres) of Viognier vines were all that remained in the world, located exclusively in the vineyards of Condrieu and Château-Grillet. Happily, the 1970s saw new life breathed into the near-extinct variety, by the Yalumba winery in Australia’s Eden Valley and a handful of Californian wine growers (notably Calera in Mount Harlan). During the 21st Century, Viognier has had a remarkable renaissance, is now found more widely in France, and is grown in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the US, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and even Japan. In some instances, the plantings remain experimental, as in Rioja and Piedmont, where local wine laws impose restrictions on how the variety can be used. In other locations, notably California and Australia, Viognier has emerged as a prestigious niche variety.