KEUSH - ORIGINS BRUT Armenian Sparkling White

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VARIETY: 60% VOSKEHAT, 40% KHATOUNI
AGING:
MINIMUM 22 MONTHS ON LEES
ALCOHOL:
12% DOSAGE: 4 g/L

WINERY: KEUSH
REGION: VAYOTS DZOR
VILLAGE: KHACHIK
PRODUCER: VAHE KEUSHGUERIAN
CUVÉE: ORIGINS VINTAGE: NV
FOUNDED: 2013
SOIL: LIMESTONE, VOLCANIC MATERIAL
ELEVATION: 1400-1800 METERS
PRUNING: PREDOMINANTLY BUSH VINES
VINE AGE: 60-120 YEARS, OWN-ROOTED
FARMING: HAND-HARVESTED, SUSTAINABLE

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Keush is a sparkling wine project from Vahe Keushguerian. Born in Syria and raised in
Beirut, Vahe immigrated to Italy right during the Lebanese Civil War. As a young adult
in Italy, he discovered wine and began working with US importers to introduce Americans
to the wines of Piedmont and eventually started his own winery in Tuscany. But as a
member of the Armenian diaspora, Vahe longed to return to his homeland. In the
mid-2000s, he moved to Armenia. In 2013, Vahe started Keush to showcase Armenia’s
indigenous varieties and viticultural heritage.


Keush is a traditional method sparkling wine made from fruit sourced from Khachik
Village, a mountainous village with a population of less than 900. The own-rooted
vineyards range are situated 1,750 meters elevation and are farmed sustainably by
multi-generational families, many of whom used the grapes for raisin production
during the Soviet era, when winemaking had fallen out of favor. These are among
the highest elevation vines in the northern hemisphere, and among the highest in
the world to produce Méthode Traditionnelle.

Keush Origins is Vahe’s flagship wine made with fruit sourced from various growers in Khachik. Voskehat and Khatouni are co-fermented in stainless to preserve acidity and aged on lees for at least 22 months before release. The label’s embossed design alludes to topography. Origins is Vahe’s expression of high-elevation viticulture and the possibilities of winemaking in Armenia. With ample acidity and strong mineral notes, Vahe recommends Origins as either an aperitif or an accompaniment to stuffed grape leaves, river fish, or roasted chicken

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