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Producer: Chateau KsaraGrape Varieties: BlendedOptimum Drinking: Up to 15 yearsWine Style: LebanonAlcohol by Volume: 13Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Lebanon
Ksara Estate lies in the heart of the Bekaa Valley near Baalbeck, where the ruins of the Temple of Bacchus from the Greco-Roman era can be found. It is called Ksara because it was the site of a ksar or fortress at the time of the Crusades. The property was acquired by the Jesuits in 1857 when it was already famed as a vineyard, and they maintained the tradition of winemaking on the estate.
Climatic conditions in the Bekaa provide Ksara's vineyards with exceptional advantages. There is almost no rainfall during the growing season and diseases seldom strike the vines. Their grapes can be considered to be grown organically because pesticides and herbicides are not used. Harvesting is done by hand, but there is no need for selection because the grapes achieve full ripeness without fear of rot.
Château Ksara is the largest producer in the Lebanon with 334 hectares and 38% of the local production.
Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and Syrah
Vinification: The grapes are manually harvested, destemmed and transferred to vat for 20-30 days. Fermentation takes place at 28°C with several remuages and daily tastings. The free-run wine and press wine are separated, and then malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine is matured in French oak casks (50% new) for 14 months. Then they are fined and bottled.
Colour: Dense deep purple red.
Taste: A subtle nose of raspberry and blackcurrant with a vanilla character. In the mouth it has structure and firm tannins. A rich and very complex wine.
Serve: At 17-18°C with red meat and game. It can be enjoyed immediately or will continue to evolve for 2-3 years
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