Grape Variety: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
Region: Bekaa Valley
Vinification: 100% stemmed, the wine is vatted for 12 to 18 days after alcoholic fermentation at 24 to 28°C. The drawn off wines and presses are separated, after which the malolactic fermentation takes place.
Ageing/Maturation: When the racking off and addition of sulphites are over, the noble grape varietals are matured in oak casks while the other varietals mature in vats. After 12 months of maturing, the wines are blended and bottled.
Cellar Potential: 3-5 years
Château Ksara Reserve du Couvent 2014
A medium to full-bodied wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Aged in oak for six months, it is beautifully structured, with a nose of smoked fruits and vanilla. In the mouth, peppers, plums and berries abound. It has excellent length. Oak-aged, it can be easily kept for three to five years.
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.