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Chateau Ksara - Reserve du Couvent 2016

Information

  • Country: Lebanon
  • Wine Region: Bekaa Valley
  • Wine Maker: James Palgé
  • Grape: Shiraz Cabernet
  • Grape Percentage: Syrah 40%, Cabernet Franc 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Food Matching

Food Matching

Serve at 15 to 18°C with red meat, game and oven-roasted vegetables.

Duty/Vat Paid
JS: 90 (2011) WE: 91 (2011) D: 90 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

This wine with its dark ruby-red colour is a fusion of finesse and elegance; with notes of beautifully integrated oak and vanilla enveloped in supple, pure and round tannins and a wonderful persistence on the palate.

Winery Information

Chateau Ksara

Chateau Ksara is Lebanon's oldest winery. Its traditions can be traced back to 1857 when a group of Jesuit monks acquired the property. The Jesuits applied their knowledge of science and agriculture to plant French vines as well as developing two kilometers of Roman caves that proved ideal for the storage of wine. The Jesuits sold the winery to its current owners in 1973. Ksara is now the most modern winery in the region as well as the largest producer in the country. Their annual production is.. read more

Expert Reviews

James Suckling (2011)90 pts

Very pure and clean with berry, mineral, and hints of new wood. Full and lightly jammy. Very satisfying and outstanding. Purity of fruit impresses. 40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Franc and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Enthusiast (2011)91 pts

Dark garnet in the glass, this blend of 40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Franc and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of wild raspberry, brambles and geranium leaf. It offers a good balance of tannins and acidity as well as fruit and spice flavors featuring blackberry, black cherry, chocolate, coffee, fennel bulb and black pepper. Mouth-coating tannins do not overpower, but continue well into the bright, lasting finish.

Decanter (2014)90 pts

Established in 1857, Ksara has the rather impressive title of Lebanon's oldest operational winery. An interesting nose of bramble fruits, smoked meat and a pleasant green note. Could do with a bite more concentration on the palate but really well put together with refreshing acidity keeping everything in its place.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were manually harvested at optimal ripeness, destemmed and fermented at 26 to 30°C. Transfer to vat took place for 12 to 15 days after fermentation. The drawn off and pressed wines were separated and malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was racked and each variety was matured in oak casks. The wine then aged for 12 months before being blended, fined and bottled.