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Producer: Chateau KsaraGrape Varieties: BlendedOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Light and fruity with grapefruit characteristicsAlcohol by Volume: 13Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Lebanon
Château Ksara is Lebanon's oldest winery. Its traditions can be traced back to 1857 when a group of Jesuit monks acquired the property. The Jesuits applied their knowledge of science and agriculture to plant French vines as well as developing two kilometres of Roman caves that proved ideal for the storage of wine. The Jesuits sold the winery to its current owners in 1973. Ksara is now the most modern winery in the region as well as the largest producer in the country. Their annual production is over 2.8 million bottles and they sell their wines in more than 40 countries worldwide. Château Ksara is certified ISO 9001 and ISO 2200.00 for its viticulture, production and sales guaranteeing quality and consistency year on year.
Sharp changes in diurnal temperatures were registered during the ripening period, which increased the period between véraison and the harvest to over 120 days.
Ksara's vineyards are located in the central and western Bekaa Valley at an average altitude of 1,000 metres. The Bekaa enjoys dry summers and has the advantage of its own natural water table, courtesy of the melting snow that runs off the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges, therefore no irrigation is needed in the vineyards. The slopes on either side of the valley and the valley itself, create a unique microclimate in which the cool nights compensate for the hot summer days. Vines are either double Guyot or cordon trained and their grapes can be considered to be grown organically because of the very limited used of sulphur-based pesticides. Harvesting is manual and the standard yield of the vineyards is between 40 and 45 hectolitres per hectare.
The grapes were manually harvested and pressed pneumatically as whole grapes. Each variety was vinified separately, clarified and fermented at temperature controlled tanks at 18°C. The wines did not go through malolactic fermentation. The wines were then artfully blended and bottled early to retain the fresh and fruity style of this wine.
A light and fruity wine, where fullness is given by the Obeidi and Clairette, the delicate floral aromas come from the Muscat, and the lively, freshness is imparted by the Sauvignon Blanc.
Lebanese Mezze, grilled sea fish and vegetarian dishes.
Clairette 30%, Muscat 30%, Obeidy 30%, Sauvignon Blanc 10%
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