Keush Brut "Origins", Vayots Dzor, Armenia NV

Keush Brut "Origins", Vayots Dzor, Armenia NV

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We've been mightily impressed by the classic profile and extreme value of this Armenian sparkling wine which hails from the highest-altitude vineyards in the Northern Hemisphere that are dedicated to sparkling wine production. It's quite an impressive introduction to the wines of Armenia, and we'll surely be on the lookout for more!

From the importer, Storica Wines of Armenia: "Keush winery was created by Vahe Keushguerian with a desire to create a product that married extreme high elevation farming and un-grafted ancient varietals. The 60-120 year-old, bush-pruned vineyards are planted on rich volcanic soil. It is an opus with a 6,000 year origin. The vineyards are positioned 500 meters from the Armenian/Azeri border and at 1,800 meters are the highest in the country and among the highest in the world. Keush is a pioneer in making a Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wine from indigenous Armenian grape varietals. Winemaker Arman Manoukian was born and raised in the wine region of Vayots Dzor. Arman received his BA and MA degrees in Viticulture at the Yerevan State Agrarian Institute and then went onto continue his education at the Viticulture and Enology School of Montpellier, France. He has been the chief winemaker for Keush since its inception in 2013. Jerome Barret is consulting winemaker. He has extensive experience working in Champagne, having worked as cellar master for two major champagne houses; Nicolas Feuillatte and Champagne Boizel."