Cited by Pliny the Elder, Mount Bargylus, known today as Jebel Al-Ansariyé, spreads from the Orontes Valley near the ancient city of Antioch to the Eleutherus Valley in the south of ancient Emesa.
This land is a country of mystery and legends where wine and alphabet were revealed to man and where the ancients grew vines more than 3000 years ago.
Located in the hinterland of the Hellenistic city of Laodicea – the modern Syrian city of Latakia – and the Canaanite metropolis of Ugarit, the slopes of Mount Bargylus were richly covered with vines during the Greco-roman era.
The Bargylus wine estate is precisely located near Deir Touma, literally translated as the “convent of Thomas”, not far from the archaeological vestiges of the crusading era and the famous Saladin.
Typically Mediterranean in style, Bargylus elegantly combines strength and refinement: it has a strong colour, the range of aroma is perceivable through the fresh fruit and 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.
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Bargylus Blanc Deir Touma Lattaquié (Syria)
Varietals: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Sauvignon Blanc
Owner Sandro Saadé’s winemaking philosophy is that ‘wine is rooted in the earth’ and Bargylus Blanc 2009 is a clear reflection of this. Made from a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, it is complex and aromatic with notes of lemon verbena, white peach, lime and fresh mint. Bargylus Blanc is full bodied with a vibrant acidity and clean mineral backbone. It is an elegant, balanced wine which is a serious pleasure to drink.
Domaine de Bargylus Rouge (Syria)
Varietals: 40% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
Aged for 14 months in a blend of different cask ages, this Bargylus Rouge is packed with ripe summer fruits and sweet spice, including black pepper, toast, cinnamon and cocoa. Full bodied with ripe tannins and a balanced acidity, Bargylus Rouge is complex and rich with a long fruity finish.