Chateau Ksara Red 2009

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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 Blanc de Blancs is made from a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This wine is matured for several months in French oak casks. The result is a wine with a floral aroma and finesse, elegance and freshness on the palate.

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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
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External Reviews for Chateau Ksara Red

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
09/28/2011

Over the past decade, Ksara has seen the introduction of new grape varieties that have grown into vines the Bekaa valley has blissfully nurtured. Ksara has also seen developments in technique such as vines cultivation on wires and the attentive application of advanced science by French oenologists.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
08/12/2010

This is a blend of Sauvignon Blancs, Semillon and Chardonnay that is elegant and subtle. Pairs well with delicate fresh fisf or shell fish.


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

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: 2006 Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Vinification: The grapes are manually harvested, destemmed and transferred to vat for 20-30 days. Fermentation takes place at 28°C with several remuages and daily tastings.The free-run wine and press wine are separated, and then malolactic fermentation occurs. The wine is matured in French oak casks (50% new) for 14 months. Then they are fined and bottled. Colour: Dense deep purple red. Taste: A spicy nose with notes of blackcurrant and ripe red fruits. In the mouth it has power and length with firm tannins and structure. Serve: At 18-20°C with red meat and game. It can be cellared for up to 15 years.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/14/2010

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. Grapes: Carignan Gris (50%) and Grenache Gris (50%). Vinification: This wine is obtained by bleeding after a short period of cold maceration. Sedimentation and fermentation are carried out at 18°C. The wine is racked off to avoid malolactic fermentation. It is fined and then stabilised by refrigeration before being bottled as quickly as possible. Colour: Salmon pink with grey undertones. Taste: An aromatic nose of berries, vine flowers, peony and a touch of jasmine. Fresh and light, it is vivid elegant and harmonious. Serve: Chilled at 8-10°C on its own or with light meals, fresh salads, white meats and fish. A perfect spring/summer wine. It is best enjoyed young.


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

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 bought 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 deemed 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 : Carignan Gris (50%) and Grenache Gris (50%). Region: Lebanon / Bekaa Valley Notes : An aromatic nose of berries, vine flowers, peony and a touch of jasmine. Fresh and light, it is vivid elegant and harmonious. Serve : Chilled at 8-10°C on its own or with light meals, fresh salads, poultry and fish. A perfect spring/summer wine. It is best enjoyed young. ABV : 13% Suitable for Vegetarians


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

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 bought 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 deemed 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 : 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Region: Lebanon / Bekaa Valley Maker: James Palge Taste : A spicy nose with notes of blackcurrant and ripe red fruits. In the mouth it has power and length with firm tannins and structure. Serve : At 18-20°C with red meat and game. It can be cellared for up to 15 years. ABV : 13.5% Suitable for Vegetarians


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

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. 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. Chateau Ksara is the largest producer in the Lebanon with 334 hectares and 38% of the local production. Grapes : 30% Carignan, 25% Cinsault, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah Region : Lebanon / Bekaa Valley Maker : James Palge Notes : Bright, intense ruby, a soft floral aroma with spicy and liquorice notes. Ripe cranberry and spice on the palate which is complemented by supple tannins and a lingering finish. Serve : At room temperature with lamb or stews. ABV : 13% 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 Blanc de Blancs is made from a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. This wine is matured for several months in French oak casks. The result is a wine with a floral aroma and finesse, elegance and freshness on the palate.

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