Château Khoury latest wines

Location: Dhour, Zahleh, Bekaa Valley

Established: 2004

Production: 50,000 bottles

Area under vine: 16 ha

Varietals:  Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc, Chardonnay, Gerwürtztraminer, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Syrah.

About: Château Khoury is a relatively new producer located just outside the Bekaa town of Zahleh. Very much a family affair, the estate is owned by Raymond and Brigitte Khoury, while their son Jean-Paul is the French-trained wine maker.

 

Whites

Rêve Blanc 2011

Grapes: Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Chardonnay

Alc: 13%

Understated, elegant and balanced. Pear on the nose with further citrus notes in the mouth, underpinned with savory notes on the back palate

 

Pinot Gris 2011

Grapes: Pinot Gris

Alc: 12.5%

The nose is a bit shy but eventually mild citrus notes evolve. In the mouth, there is good acidity and body with apple, citrus and hints of summer flowers. The finish is rounded and sustained.

 

Rosé

Rosé 2011 (Name yet to be decided)

Varietals: “Too many to mention!” (Jean Paul Khoury)

Alc: 11.5%

Deep salmon hue. Floral notes on the nose. In the mouth blueberries and hedgerow fruits are overlaid with a hint of spice on the mid palate. Lovely freshness in the finish.

Reds

Cuvée St Thérèse 2007

Grapes: Caladoc and Pinot Noir

Alc: 13%

Good tannins, fruit and grip. Berries, prunes and a back blast of savory flavors. Good use of the Caladoc ably supported by the Pinot to give it a hint of the grapes signature perfume as well as its roundedness.

 

Symphonie 2006

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah

Alc: 15%

Dark cherry hue. Brooding and complex. Strong fruits on the front palate, especially cherry and cassis. Well-structured and balanced with a sustained, faintly menthol, finish.

 

Perséïdes 07

Grapes: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot

Alc: 14.5%

Pleasant chocolate nose. Intense, but not overbearing, fruit on the front palate. Menthol finish.

 

Icone de Perséïdes 06

Grapes: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot

Alc: 14.5%

Dressed in oak for 25 months. Good tannic integration. Brooding nose of black fruits. More of the same in the mouth. Layered with a pleasing burnt menthol finish.

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4 Responses so far »

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    we drove by the khoury estate last week as we were on the way to beirut from zahle. it’s so inspiring to see the nascent wine industry flourish in lebanon, alongside other food- and rural tourism. there’s so much potential for this land and its culture to grow. i hope the lebanese people will know how to tap this treasure in a sustainable way. sadly, so far, the sustainability debate seems to be only taking place within a slim margin of the population.

  2. 2

    ywsadmin said,

    Thanks for your post Jimmy. Yes indeed there is progress but it is painfully slow as the business environment and infrastructure are not ideal. Still we can only keep spreading the word and hope against hope that change will bring reform. In the meantime, enjoy the blog! All the best Mike

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    Michael Khoury said,

    If and when your wines are being exported to the US, please let me know. I would love to be able to serve these at my home.
    Michael S. Khoury, Detroit


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