Chateau Ksara Blanc de l'Observatoire 2021
Chateau Ksara Blanc de l'Observatoire 2020
- Country- Lebanon
- Region- Bekaa Valley
- Grape Obeideh, Clairette, Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc
- Alcohol by volume- 13.5%
- Case size 6 / 75cl
- Producer- Chateau Ksara
- A versatile, easy-drinking, fresh, and fruity wine that captures the essence of the Bekaa Valley with its simple but elegant character of citrus, stone fruit, and wildflowers. Serve chilled. The Obeidy and Clairette bring weight and structure, whilst Muscat brings aromatic appeal, with the Sauvignon Blanc bringing freshness and zip.
Ksara's vineyards are located in the central and western Bekaa Valley at an average altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level. The Bekaa Valley enjoys dry summers and has its natural water table, courtesy of the melting snow running off the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges. Cool nights help the vineyards to withstand the heat and drought of the summer. The vines are either double Guyot or cordon trained and are grown in stony soils which are predominantly chalk. The vineyard is not irrigated and the standard yield is between 40 and 45 hectolitres per hectare. The grapes can be considered to be grown organically because of the very limited use of sulfur-based pesticides.
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 develop 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.