Ben says

★ Good Wine “Densely coloured and rich red wine with a raw, brash nose of dark fruit (dried cherries, blackcurrant jam, black plum). Spice and chocolate bridge the gap between nose and palate with a soft but full texture. Strawberries show some red fruits alongside the richness. Ageing, I assume, has brought with it a little elegance but it’s still a big wine. Long on the finish.”
Vin Rouge, Chateau Bargylus


60% Syrah, 20% Merlot & 20% Cabernet Sauvignon with 14.6% abv. Made with the help of wine consultant Stephane Derencourt. Vineyard is 900m above sea level.

Grown in: Antioch, SYRIA.

Food Pairing

Try with barbecued spare ribs or braised beef. It needs some richness but it’ll pair well.

Disclosure & Price

Tasted at the Beckford Bottle Shop annual tasting.

£30.95 Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath.

Reviewed and tasted: 5 November 2022

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Chateau Bargylus is Syria’s only privately owned vineyard. Its vineyard is planted 900m above sea level and the winery is by the port of Latakia near the once ancient city of Antioch. It is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world and a history of winemaking some 3000 years old. The Telegraph describes this as the “world’s most dangerous wine”. Operated by the Saadé brothers, Sandro and Karim.