According to a recent Harpers UK article, Lebanon is going back to its Cinsaut roots.
One of Lebanon’s oldest wineries, Tourelles, which was founded in 1868, has just released the country’s first Old Vine Cinsaut. ‘Cinsaut is our heritage,’ says winemaker and owner Faouzi Issa, ‘it is a profound expression of the Bekaa Valley terroir and it can give us an identity in a crowded global wine industry.’
Cinsaut, which was brought to Lebanon from Algeria in the mid-1800s, is widely used in the county’s ‘entry level’ blends. However, no one but Tourelles and Domaine Wardy have ventured down the varietal route.
As the trend establishes itself, Lebanon is likely to see many more producers exploring Cinsaut outside of the usual blends. According to Harpers, one thing is certain – the grape once seen as a mere workhorse is now getting its time in the limelight.