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Château Ksara Réserve du Couvent Bekaa Valley 2017
£76.06 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - Lebanon
Region - Bekaa Valley
Grape Varieties - Syrah 40%, Cabernet Franc 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%
Alcohol by volume - 13.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Château Ksara
Tasting notes - This wine with its dark ruby-red colour is a fusion of finesse and elegance; with notes of beautifully integrated oak and vanilla enveloped in supple, pure and round tannins and a wonderful persistence on the palate.
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A dry and savoury red with fragrant blackberry fruit and a hint of dark chocolate.
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. 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 at optimal ripeness, destemmed and fermented at 26 to 30°C. Transfer to vat took place for 12 to 15 days after fermentation. The drawn off and pressed wines were separated and malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was racked and each variety was matured in oak casks. The wine then aged for 12 months before being blended, fined and bottled.
This wine with its dark ruby-red colour is a fusion of finesse and elegance; with notes of beautifully integrated oak and vanilla enveloped in supple, pure and round tannins and a wonderful persistence on the palate.
Serve at 15 to 18°C with red meat, game and oven-roasted vegetables.
Syrah 40%, Cabernet Franc 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%
- Bottle Size
- Case Size
- 6 Bottles
- Bekaa Valley