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Producer: Chateau KsaraGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Medium to full bodied Chardonnay with delicate oakAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: 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: 100% Chardonnay.
Vinification: The must is sedimented then fermented in new oak casks. It is stirred on its lees for 10 months before bottling.
Taste: A soft aroma of banana and nutmeg. Medium to full bodied with integrated oak which gives a delicate vanilla and spice character to the wine.Serve: Chilled at 10-12°C with caviar, lobsters and fresh salmon or turbot served with a rich sauce.
Cellaring: This wine takes one year to begin showing its potential, and evolves fully over a much longer period of time.
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