Couvent Rouge Red 2016

Type: Red
Country: Lebanon
Region: Bekaa Valley
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo
Alcohol Percentage: 13%

Climate: Mediterranean and a semi-continental climate characterized by cold and rainy winters and hot and dry summers

Color: Deep dark ruby
Nose: Aromas of red fruits evolving to hints of minerality and wood
Palate: Balanced acidity revealing some bitterness that develops elegantly on the palate. Great balance of structure over astringent tannins. Intense aromatic persistence with length

About the Winery:
Couvent Rouge is the story of a village that decided to replace its cannabis plantations with noble vine grapes. The Couvent Rouge winery is located in the depths of the Bekka Valley, just outside of a small town called Deir El Ahma. Originally known for its illicit plantations, this small village decided in 1999 to establish the “Coteaux d’Héliopolis” a co-operative, allowing the farmers to settle down in their home village.

Today, the Fairtrade certified cooperative gathers more than 200 farmers, with bio-certified vineyards, spreading on over 240Ha. 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. 

All grapes are both Organic and Fairtrade certified, and for more than a few years now, the village has been producing an exceptional vine grape, but also a remarkable wine. The Couvent Rouge vineyards soar as high as 1800 meters altitude, ranking it amongst some of the highest vineyards in the world. With over 300 sunny days a year, the city of sun, that nests the temple of Bacchus, god of wine, offers exceptional conditions for vine growing and wine production.