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Armenia, Heritage Chilar, Zorah Wines - 2020

  • Provenance: Armenia
  • Appellation: Armenia
  • Domain: Zorah Wines
  • Grape variety(ies): Chilar. Complètement abandonné, c'est un cépage ancien et endémique d'Arménie présenté dans les hauts plateaux de Vayotz Dzor. Les grappes sont moyennes, allongées et cylindriques avec des baies de taille moyenne de couleur verdâtre mais plus jaunâtres du côté ensoleillé. La peau est résistante, ce qui la protège des maladies et des variations de température importantes et est recouverte d'une fine couche de pruine.
  • On-call time: 10 years
  • Alcohol degree: 12.5%
The Chilar is an almost forgotten grape variety of the ancient Armenian land, the cradle of viticulture and wine, we must remember. Zorik Gharibian has been able to restore this ancestral variety to its former glory, to which he pays tribute here. The nose expresses notes of pear, peach and fennel. The palate is both full, straight and pure with great freshness. A pure marvel!
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Viticulture

Heritage Zorah wines are intended to celebrate a living history of Armenia's viticultural diversity and an exploration of its long-forgotten heritage grape varieties. The goal is to preserve rare and indigenous Armenian grape varieties from extinction. The highlight of high-altitude viticulture (between 1400 and 1500 m), the grapes are clustered in random rows of old, local vineyards around Zorah. The soil is free of phylloxera and all the vines are free-standing. The soils are not very vigorous, sub-alkaline and rich in limestone with large stones and a first layer of sand.

Oenology

Manual harvesting. Only the best grapes were selected for harvesting. Grapes fermented and matured in large traditional Armenian clay amphorae (Karasi), with a maceration of about 60 days. Aged in clay for about 9 months, then 10 months in bottle. Natural yeast and very gentle filtration before bottling.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Starters - Terrine of the sea - Grilled prawns with satay - Steamed poultry, ginger and watercress juice.

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