Ksara Chardonnay 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

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 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. GRAPE VARIETALS: Chardonnay 100% WINEMAKING: The must is sedimented, then fermented in new oak casks that maintain the cool temperature of the cellar. Stirred on lees for ten months before bottling which adds a creamy complexity to the wine. TASTE: The Oak gives a subtle, 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. AGEING: The wine takes one year to begin showing its potential and evolves fully over a much longer period of time. An extremely powerful, complex and long lived wine. SERVING: 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
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External Reviews for Ksara Chardonnay

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

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 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. GRAPE VARIETALS: Chardonnay 100% WINEMAKING: The must is sedimented, then fermented in new oak casks that maintain the cool temperature of the cellar. Stirred on lees for ten months before bottling which adds a creamy complexity to the wine. TASTE: The Oak gives a subtle, 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. AGEING: The wine takes one year to begin showing its potential and evolves fully over a much longer period of time. An extremely powerful, complex and long lived wine. SERVING: 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.


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

This white wine is produced from of 100% Chardonnay grapes, harvested in one of Ksara's highest vineyards (1400 m altitude) and yielding 28Hl/Ha. Fermented in new oak casks 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 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. Grape: Chardonnay 100% Region: Lebanon / Bekaa Valley Maker: James Palge Notes: The Oak gives a subtle, 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. Serve: 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. ABV : 13.5% Suitable for Vegetarians



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 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. GRAPE VARIETALS: Chardonnay 100% WINEMAKING: The must is sedimented, then fermented in new oak casks that maintain the cool temperature of the cellar. Stirred on lees for ten months before bottling which adds a creamy complexity to the wine. TASTE: The Oak gives a subtle, 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. AGEING: The wine takes one year to begin showing its potential and evolves fully over a much longer period of time. An extremely powerful, complex and long lived wine. SERVING: 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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