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Château Ksara Red Blend 2011

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The very noble Sauvignon, Semillon and Chardonnay constitutes the basis of this elegant and subtle wine. It is vatted for several months in French oak-wood casks before it is bottled. It can be served as an aperitif, as well as with delicate fresh fish or shellfish. 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. Annual production is over 2 million bottled which are distributed world-wide. VINTAGE: 2009 GRAPES: The Chardonnay gives this wine its finesse and elegance, the Sauvignon its subtle aroma of hazelnuts and exotic fruits and the Semillon its roundness, length and rich taste. WINEMAKING: Picked in cases and pressed pneumatically as whole grapes,sedimentation and fermentation are done at a low temperature (18°C). When the sugars are exhausted, the wine is racked off and sulphured to prevent malolactic fermentation. MATURING: The various wines are matured for several months in French oak casks,before being blended, fined (with fish glue), stabilized and bottled. TASTE: This wine seduces with its finesse, elegance and floral aroma. On the palate, it is soft, fresh and long lasting. AGEING: It can be kept for 2 to 3 years in a good cellar, but it is preferable to drink it in the same year. SERVING: This wine can be served as an aperitif or with delicate fresh fish and shellfish. To be served chilled at 8°C.

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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

Member Reviews for Château Ksara Red Blend

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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 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.


Snooth User: Purplebarrel
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/05/2010

color is deep cherry, the nose is typical oak with hints of bell pepper, the texture is disapointing and the dry tannins are typical of the Ksara touch.


Snooth User: Methuselah36
3216215
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 10/04/2007

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: nickr23
119182102
3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 02/28/2009

Three glasses


Snooth User: Marco87
4475746
3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 03/02/2008

Three glasses


Snooth User: Marco87
4475746
4.00 5
Vintage: 2001 03/02/2008

Four glasses


Snooth User: Marco87
4475746
4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 03/02/2008

Four glasses


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External Reviews for Château Ksara Red Blend

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. Annual production is over 2 million bottled which are distributed world-wide. Grapes : 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Chardonnay and 20% Semillon Region: Lebanon / Bekaa Valley Maker: James Palge Notes : This wine seduces with its finesse, elegance and floral aroma. On the palate, it is soft, fresh and long lasting. The Chardonnay gives this white wine its finesse and elegance, the Sauvignon its subtle aroma of hazelnuts and exotic fruits and the Semillon its roundness, length and rich taste. Serve : This wine can be served as an aperitif or with delicate fresh fish and shellfish. To be served chilled at 8°C. ABV : 12.5% Suitable for Vegetarians


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

The pre-eminently best keeping wine; the Château Rouge is the proud result of a distinguished alliance of Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, cultivated in oak casks for 18 months. Endowed with a charming ruby color, it will reveal its harmonious fullness when accompanying game, red meat and dressed meals. 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: GRAPE: This is the pre-eminently best keeping wine, produced from 60% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot. WINEMAKING: All grape varietals are 100% stemmed, vatted separately to be fermented at a temperature between 28 and 30°C and left to age for 14 to 20 days before being drained and processed through malolactic fermentation. MATURING: The draw-off wine and the presses are kept in separate vats during wintertime in order to free them from their lees, before being put in oak casks. Maturing in new oak casks lasts approximately 12 months, interrupted by several racking-off and tasting before blending, fining with egg albumin and bottling. Bottles are then kept to age for around two years in underground ageing-cellars before being made available to the market. TASTE: Beautiful ruby purple red, a fruity nose of raspberries, black currant and a little vanilla. In the mouth, it has power and length with balanced and mellow tannins that get rounder with time, taking up a leathery and spicy character. This Château will keep surprising, due to its complexity and richness. AGEING: This wine should be opened a while before serving, or allowed to settle, in order to reveal its character. SERVING: Due to its structure, it will go perfectly with game, red meat, dishes in sauce, as well as fish cooked with red wine. It should be served at room temperature between 18 and 20°C depending on the season.


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

The pre-eminently best keeping wine; the Château Rouge is the proud result of a distinguished alliance of Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot, cultivated in oak casks for 18 months. Endowed with a charming ruby color, it will reveal its harmonious fullness when accompanying game, red meat and dressed meals. 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, 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 : 30% Carignan, 25% Cinsault, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah. Region : Lebanon / Bekaa Valley Maker : James Palge Notes : Beautiful ruby purple red, a fruity nose of raspberries, black currant and a little vanilla. In the mouth, it has power and length with balanced and mellow tannins that get rounder with time, taking up a leathery and spicy character. This Château will keep surprising, due to its complexity and richness. Serve : Due to its structure, it will go perfectly with game, red meat, dishes in sauce, as well as fish cooked with red wine. It should be served at room temperature between 18 and 20°C depending on the season. ABV : 13% Suitable for Vegetarians


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

The very noble Sauvignon, Sémillon and Chardonnay constitutes the basis of this elegant and subtle wine. It is vatted for several months in French oak-wood casks before it is bottled. It can be served as an aperitif, as well as with delicate fresh fish or shellfish. 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. Annual production is over 2 million bottled which are distributed world-wide. VINTAGE: 2009 GRAPES: The Chardonnay gives this wine its finesse and elegance, the Sauvignon its subtle aroma of hazelnuts and exotic fruits and the Semillon its roundness, length and rich taste. WINEMAKING: Picked in cases and pressed pneumatically as whole grapes,sedimentation and fermentation are done at a low temperature (18°C). When the sugars are exhausted, the wine is racked off and sulphured to prevent malolactic fermentation. MATURING: The various wines are matured for several months in French oak casks,before being blended, fined (with fish glue), stabilized and bottled. TASTE: This wine seduces with its finesse, elegance and floral aroma. On the palate, it is soft, fresh and long lasting. AGEING: It can be kept for 2 to 3 years in a good cellar, but it is preferable to drink it in the same year. SERVING: This wine can be served as an aperitif or with delicate fresh fish and shellfish. To be served chilled at 8°C.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2009 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. 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. Vintage: 2008 Grapes: Predominantly Cinsault with some Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Vinification: The grapes are manually harvested, destemmed and transferred to tank for fermentation. The Cinsault is shortly vatted to keep its freshness, the Syrah is kept for a longer time to extract aroma and the cabernet Sauvignon undergoes long skin contact to help express length and elegance. The free flowing and press wine from each variety achieve malolactic fermentation in separate vats. They are then matured for 14-18 months before being blended fined and bottled. Taste: 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.


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2009 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


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
Vintage: 2009 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


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The very noble Sauvignon, Semillon and Chardonnay constitutes the basis of this elegant and subtle wine. It is vatted for several months in French oak-wood casks before it is bottled. It can be served as an aperitif, as well as with delicate fresh fish or shellfish. 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. Annual production is over 2 million bottled which are distributed world-wide. VINTAGE: 2009 GRAPES: The Chardonnay gives this wine its finesse and elegance, the Sauvignon its subtle aroma of hazelnuts and exotic fruits and the Semillon its roundness, length and rich taste. WINEMAKING: Picked in cases and pressed pneumatically as whole grapes,sedimentation and fermentation are done at a low temperature (18°C). When the sugars are exhausted, the wine is racked off and sulphured to prevent malolactic fermentation. MATURING: The various wines are matured for several months in French oak casks,before being blended, fined (with fish glue), stabilized and bottled. TASTE: This wine seduces with its finesse, elegance and floral aroma. On the palate, it is soft, fresh and long lasting. AGEING: It can be kept for 2 to 3 years in a good cellar, but it is preferable to drink it in the same year. SERVING: This wine can be served as an aperitif or with delicate fresh fish and shellfish. To be served chilled at 8°C.

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