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Producer: Chateau KsaraGrape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 30%, Petit Verdot 10%Optimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Powerful complex rich redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: Lebanon
An inviting nose of cedar oak and black cherry enhanced by leather and a hint of bellpepper and cardammon on the palate, refined and elegant.
Chateau 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 kilometers 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. Chateau Ksara is certified ISO 9001 and ISO 2200.00 for its viticulture, production and sales guaranteeing quality and consistency year on year.
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. The soils are stony with chalk, clay or limestone based. 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 de-stemmed and each varietal was fermented separately at controlled temperatures of 28 to 30°C. The wines were left to rest for 14 to 20 days before malolactic fermentation took place. The free run and press wine from each variety were kept in separate vats before being racked off the lees and transferred to new oak casks for approximately 12 months. The wines were racked and tasted before blending, fining and bottling.
Vibrant, fruity aromas of raspberries and blackcurrant are supported by a wisp of vanilla. On the palate, it has power and length with balanced and mellow tannins that get softer with time, taking on leathery and cedar characters. Complex and rich with good length.
Serve at 18 to 20°C with game, red meat or fish cooked in red wine. This wine should be allowed to settle and be opened a while before serving.
Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 30%, Petit Verdot 10%
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