- Tamlyn Currin, jancisrobinson.com
If you google Merweh and Obeidi, you might be led to believe that they maybe they’re Chardonnay, Sémillon, or some other French grape, but recent, preliminary DNA research has thrown cold water on these theories. For winemakers in Lebanon, they have long been seen as the indigenous white varieties of their homeland. Merweh provides texture and aromas of almonds, while Obeidi contributes floral and herbal aromatics. Faouzi Issa has been searching for old vines of these varieties as a white counterpart to his Cinsault and Carignan old vine cuvées, and 2020 will mark his inaugural vintage of this wine. The Merweh is from 100+-year-old vines located in the Bsarreh mountains in the north of Lebanon, while the Obeidi comes from 50-year-old vines near the capital of Bekaa, Zahleh.