Region- Bekaa Valley
Grape- 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Chardonnay, 25% Semillon
Producer- Château Ksara is Lebanon’s oldest winery, and its establishment laid the foundations for the country’s modern wine industry. It is situated in the heart of the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon’s pre-eminent wine-producing region. Winemaking began in 1857 when the estate was inherited by Jesuit monks, who began farming a 27-hectare plot of land where they produced Lebanon’s first dry red wine. In 1973, identifying Ksara’s potential, a consortium of forward-thinking local Lebanese businessmen purchased the estate and set about investing in the vineyards and the cellars. Their foresight has positioned Château Ksara as one of Lebanon’s most successful wineries.
Winery- The grapes were picked by hand and pressed before undergoing fermentation at 18°C in stainless steel tanks. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation, though the Chardonnay component was matured in French oak casks for several months before blending and bottling.
Taste- Fresh and elegant, combining notes of honeysuckle with ripe stone fruit flavours and just a hint of smoke from the oak.