Réserve du Couvent, Château Ksara, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2018

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Château Ksara

Château 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 kilometres of Roman caves that proved ideal for the storage of wine. The Jesuits sold the winery to its current owners in 1973, who invested heavily in converting the estate to more modern practices.

The vineyards are located in the central and western Bekaa Valley at an average altitude of 1,000 metres. The Bekaa enjoys dry summers and has the advantage of its own natural water table, courtesy of the melting snow that runs off the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges; therefore no irrigation is needed in the vineyards. The slopes on either side of the valley and the valley itself create a unique microclimate in which the cool nights compensate for the hot summer days. The soils are stony with chalk, clay or limestone based, while all harvesting is conducted by hand.

Along with their consistently high-quality and great value red and white wines, the team at Château Ksara are well known for the production of Arak, an aniseed based Eau de Vie that is seen as the national drink of Lebanon.

Réserve du Couvent 2018

Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The backbone of the Château Ksara range, a ready-to-drink, medium to full-bodied wine, which owes its inspiration to the wines of the Northern Rhone and Bordeaux with layered flavours and aromas of fruit and spice with body and freshness.