Mis à jour : 2 févr. 2018
Nested on the slopes of Dhour Zahlé at an altitude of 1300m,"Château Khoury" is a beautiful vineyard that overlooks the city of Zahlé and the Bekaa.
Upon our arrival at Chateau Khoury, we were greeted by Jean-Paul Khoury, owner of the estate and a young oenologist. We were soon directed to the cellars constructed in 2004 where we started our tour of the vineyard.
Jean-Paul told us the story of his family, their vineyard and his passion for wine. Born to an Alsatian mother and a Lebanese father, he studied enology at the faculty of Rheims in France and took full charge of the wine production process.
Our host’s passion for his job was felt and transmitted through his impressive skills. Jean-Paul has many ambitious projects to expand the domain and has plans to transform the nearby family home into an annex that could host galas, receptions, and weddings; he even has plans to create a B&B.
Once the visit of the cellars and production site were over, we headed into the restaurant for lunch, which we had fortunately pre-booked. The wine tasting took place on the terrace which offered a magnificent panoramic view of the vineyard and the Bekaa Valley.
The tasting started with "Rêve Blanc" a white blend of four grape varieties, predominantly Alsatian: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. "Primà" Mr. Khoury (Alsatian word which means perfect, excellent) for this "Dream" that transported us, eyes open.
We continued our tasting of white wines with the single-variety dry “Pinot Gris” and medium-sweet “Pinot Gris.”
The red wines followed the whites… and we went from the awakened "Dream," into the softness of "Symphonie," then to the shooting stars of the south "Perséïdes" and "Icône de Perséïdes" a lovely blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, dominated by a Syrah…the galaxy within reach of the senses.
Before we concluded the tasting, we gave a try to Chateau Khoury’s arak “Divina”, a name that does justice to the divine liquid we tasted.
At that point, it was time to have lunch, and we discovered that Jean-Paul’s Alsatian blood has led him to create a menu that combines a variety of Lebanese dishes as well as homemade Alsatian specialties concocted by his mother.
We opted for the delicious Lebanese cuisine of the Château, promising to come back another time, with friends, to discover the Alsatian cuisine and promote the beautiful domain.
After a full day of wonderful discoveries, we left Château Khoury with Corneille's famous quote in our minds: "I am young, it is true, but to well-born souls, the value does not wait for the number of years."
Thank you, Mr. Khoury, and see you soon.