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Chateau Ksara le Souverain 150th Anniversary 2004

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Over the past decade, Ksara has seen the introduction of new grape varieties that have grown into vines that the Bekaa valley has blissfully nurtured. Ksara has also seen developments in techniques such as vine cultivation on wires and the attentive application of advanced science by French oenologists, who watch over the vinification, fermentation and decanting processes. Today, the wines of Ksara have a specific character, described as a “rare balance of dry fruitiness, of delicacy and coarseness, and of freshness and vigour.” They are the new image of a deliberately international vineyard and producer. The 150th Anniverary Edition is made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Arinarnoa, a very rare grape variety which is a crossing between Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine has a remarkable bouquet of dark wild berries, fenugreek and carob, accompanied with a highly complex olfactory range. Excellent with games and red meat.

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Chateau Ksara:
In the ancient vine production tradition, Lebanon owns its existence to Christian’s communities that kept some vineyards in this area. Chateau Ksara acquired by the Jesuits Fathers in 1857, perpetuated the tradition of winemaking. Applying what they knew, they produced Lebanon’s first dry red wine and in doing so, laid the foundations of Lebanon’s modern wine industry. New varietals were cultiv... Read more
In the ancient vine production tradition, Lebanon owns its existence to Christian’s communities that kept some vineyards in this area. Chateau Ksara acquired by the Jesuits Fathers in 1857, perpetuated the tradition of winemaking. Applying what they knew, they produced Lebanon’s first dry red wine and in doing so, laid the foundations of Lebanon’s modern wine industry. New varietals were cultivated all over Ksara’s vineyards. Nowadays, Chateau Ksara has 90% of its vineyards production as noble grapes. Read less

External Reviews for Chateau Ksara le Souverain 150th Anniversary

External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/08/2010

Made from Cabernet sauvignon 50% and Arinarnoa 50% a very rare grape variety (less than 120 Ha in the whole world), a crossing between Merlot and Petit Verdot. Remarkable bouquet of dark Wild berries, fenugreek and carob, accompanied with a highly complex olfactory range. Excellent with games and red meat. Only 30,000 bottles were produced so very limited stock! 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. VINTAGE: 2004 GRAPES: Cabernet-Sauvignon 50%, Arinarnoa : 50%. WINEMAKING: After a severe and selective hand picking at the vines and further to a meticulous dosage of the tanins and anthocyans from the time of the veraison in order to determine the optimal date of harvest. The grapes are manually harvested, stemmed and vatted in thermo-regulated vats. Daily tasting with regular pumping over are achieved to extract with harmony the different phenolic coumpounds. Following a long vatting time, the free-run wine is separated from the press wine to complete the malolactic fermentation. MATURING: matured in new French oak casks for 24 months in our underground ageing cellars, then fined and bottled without filtration. Heavy and very dark bottles are used with very long and natural cork stoppers to ensure a perfect ageing. TASTING: A dense deep purple red robe, with a remarkable bouquet of dark wild berries,with an underliving of liquorice, fenugreek and carob, accompanied by a highly complex olfactory range. AGEING: Could be immediately consumed but will reveal all its potential in 3 or 4 years. Should be opened and left to breathe an hour before being served. SERVING : Such an important and long lined wine is a perfect match for substantial food preparations; Excellent with game and red meat. Should be served at 17 to 18°C.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
03/23/2010

Made from Cabernet sauvignon 50% and Arinarnoa 50% a very rare grape variety (less than 120 Ha in the whole world), a crossing between Merlot and Petit Verdot. Remarkable bouquet of dark Wild berries, fenugreek and carob, accompanied with a highly complex olfactory range. Excellent with games and red meat. Only 30,000 bottles were produced so very limited stock! 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 consid...


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
10/16/2012

Only 30,000 bottles were produced so very limited stock! 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 religious military campaigns. 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. Ksara's 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 : Cabernet Sauvignon 50% and Arinarnoa 50%. Region : Lebanon / Bekaa Valley / Vin du Liban Maker : James Palgé Notes : A dense deep purple red robe, with a remarkable bouquet of dark wild berries,with an underliving of liquorice, fenugreek and carob, accompanied by a highly complex olfactory range. Serve : Such an important and long lined wine is a perfect match for substantial food preparations; Excellent with game and red meat. Should be served at 17 to 18°C. ABV : 13.50% Suitable for Vegetarians



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Over the past decade, Ksara has seen the introduction of new grape varieties that have grown into vines that the Bekaa valley has blissfully nurtured. Ksara has also seen developments in techniques such as vine cultivation on wires and the attentive application of advanced science by French oenologists, who watch over the vinification, fermentation and decanting processes. Today, the wines of Ksara have a specific character, described as a “rare balance of dry fruitiness, of delicacy and coarseness, and of freshness and vigour.” They are the new image of a deliberately international vineyard and producer. The 150th Anniverary Edition is made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Arinarnoa, a very rare grape variety which is a crossing between Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine has a remarkable bouquet of dark wild berries, fenugreek and carob, accompanied with a highly complex olfactory range. Excellent with games and red meat.

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