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Château Ksara White Blend Blanc de Blancs 2008

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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. Fermented in new oak with regular lees stirring to give a subtle, the Chardonnay has an almost creamy, vanilla topping to the grape aroma and an extra dimension of delicate spiciness to the taste; at the same time it adds a fine grained, racy definition to the texture. There is a taste of honeyed, peachy fruit. Ideal with most crustaceans-lobsters, gray fish, scallops. Baked or steamed fish, fresh salmon or turbot served with a rich sauce. Finally caviar calls particularly for this distinguished wine. To be served chilled at 10-12°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 White Blend Blanc de Blancs

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3.00 5
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 White Blend Blanc de Blancs

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Source: Great Wines Direct
03/23/2010

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 t...


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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: 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.



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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. Fermented in new oak with regular lees stirring to give a subtle, the Chardonnay has an almost creamy, vanilla topping to the grape aroma and an extra dimension of delicate spiciness to the taste; at the same time it adds a fine grained, racy definition to the texture. There is a taste of honeyed, peachy fruit. Ideal with most crustaceans-lobsters, gray fish, scallops. Baked or steamed fish, fresh salmon or turbot served with a rich sauce. Finally caviar calls particularly for this distinguished wine. To be served chilled at 10-12°C.

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