Chateau Ksara Reserve Du Couvent 2012
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 over 2.8 million bottles and they sell their wines in more than 40 countries worldwide. Chateau Ksara is certified ISO 9001 and ISO 2200.00 for its viticulture, production and sales guaranteeing quality and consistency year on year.
The grapes are manually harvested, destemmed and transferred to vat for 12-15 days after fermentation. The drawn-off wines and presses are separated, and then malolactic fermentation occurs. When the racking-off and addition of sulphites are over, the noble grapes are matured in oak casks for 6 months while the others mature in vats. The wines mature for 12 months before being blended fined and bottled.
All of Ksara's vineyards are located in the central and western Bekaa Valley at an average altitude of 1,000 meters. Vines are either double guyot or cordon trained. Their grapes can be considered to be grown organically because of the very limited used of sulphur-based pesticides. No irrigation. Harvesting is done by hand. The standard yield of the vineyards is between 40 and 45 hl.
A complex aroma of cloves, vanilla and mulberry. On the palate it shows an abundance of blueberry fruit with supple tannins giving it length and persistence on the palate.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
Chateau Ksara Reserve Du Couvent is best served at 15-18C with red meat and game.
Country / Region / Appellation
LB / Bekaa Valley / Vin du Liban