Château Ksara Red Blend 2008

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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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Member Reviews for Château Ksara Red Blend

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12/09/2011

Reminds me of a California Chard. Not bad, but not what I expected. It is actually a still wine so I don't know why they would call it blanc de blancs. Oaky. Chard/Sauv. Blanc blend.


External Reviews for Château Ksara Red Blend

External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
08/02/2009

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
03/23/2010

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 Ksaras 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. Chateau Ksara is the largest producer in the Lebanon with 334 hectares and 38% of the local production. Grapes: Predominantly Cinsault with some Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Vinific...


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

This wine is produced from of 100% Chardonnay grapes, harvested in one of Ksaras highest vineyards (1400 m altitude) and yielding 28Hl/Ha. Fermented in new oak casks and stirred on lees. Clear, pale yellow with green tints. A fine, polished wine with purity of style. 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 t...


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Source: Great Wines Direct
10/23/2012

Full bodied and long keeping red wine elaborated from the most noble varieties, produced from selected grapes from the best and well oriented vineyards. It's a blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. It is aged in French oak casks for 14 months. 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. GRAPE VARIETALS: Cabernet-Franc, Petit Verdot and Syrah. WINEMAKING: After severe control of the plots and maturity state, the grapes are manually harvested, stemmed and vatted. The fermentation is accomplished at 28°C with several pumping overs and daily tasting in order to let the grape variety express its best characteristics. Following the 20 to 30 days vatting time, the free-run wine is separated from the press wine to achieve the malolactic fermentation. MATURING : Matured in French oak casks (50% new oak) for about 14 months in our underground ageing cellars, then fined and bottled. TASTE : A dense deep purple red robe, it has a fruity and subtle nose of raspberry and black currant with a vanilla character. In the mouth it has structure, power and length with firm tannins. A rich and very complex wine. AGEING : Could be immediately consumed but will reveal all its potential in two or three years. Should be opened and left to breathe at least an hour before being served. SERVING : Due to its structure, it will go perfectly with games and red meat. Should be served at room temperature 17 to 18°C.


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

This light and fruity wine is produced from Sauvignon, Muscat and Clairette, which are separately vatted. Its dedicated Muscat touch is excellent with vegetables, Lebanese mezze and grilled sea fish, provided it is served young and fresh. 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...


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
12/04/2010

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: Great Wines Direct
10/23/2012

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 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. Château Ksara is the largest producer in the Lebanon with 334 hectares and 38% of the local production. Grapes : 30% Cabernet-Franc, 40% Petit Verdot and 30% Syrah. Region: Lebanon / Bekaa Valley Maker: James Palge Taste : A dense deep purple red robe, it has a fruity and subtle nose of raspberry and black currant with a vanilla character. In the mouth it has structure, power and length with firm tannins. A rich and very complex wine. Serve : Due to its structure, it will go perfectly with games and red meat. Should be served at room temperature 17 to 18°C. ABV : 13.5% Suitable for Vegetarians


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