Château Ksara Château Rouge Bekaa Valley 2016
£132.97 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - Lebanon
Region - Bekaa Valley
Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 30%, Petit Verdot 10%
Alcohol by volume - 13.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Château Ksara
Tasting notes - Vibrant, fruity aromas of raspberries and blackcurrant are supported by a wisp of vanilla. Powerful, rich and complex, with balanced and mellow tannins that get softer with time, taking on leathery and cedar characters. Lovely long finish.
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An inviting nose of cedar oak and blackcurrant enhanced by leather, with a hint of bell pepper and cardamom on the opulent palate with a hint of fresh minerality.
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.
The 2016 vintage saw a very mild summer with 760 mm of rainfall, resulting in even ripening. The grapes were in excellent condition at harvest time and resulted in balanced wines with concentrated flavours.
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. The vines are manually harvested.
The grapes were destemmed and each variety 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. Bottle aged for a further two years in Ksara’s underground cellar, prior to release.
Vibrant, fruity aromas of raspberries and blackcurrant are supported by a wisp of vanilla. Powerful, rich and complex, with balanced and mellow tannins that get softer with time, taking on leathery and cedar characters. Lovely long finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 30%, Petit Verdot 10%
- Bottle Size
- Case Size
- 6 Bottles
- Bekaa Valley