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History

Lebanese wine tradition dates back 5,000 years, when the ancient inhabitants of Lebanon, the Phoenicians, first began tending vineyards. The Phoenicians exported wine to ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and Carthage; introducing the world to viticulture and oenology. Lebanon is also said to be the place where Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine.

Château Ksara has preserved Lebanon's rich wine making heritage for over 150 years, laying down the foundation for Lebanon's modern wine making industry. Founded in 1857 by Jesuit Priests who produced the country's first dry red wine, Château Ksara is Lebanon's oldest, largest and most visited winery, attracting some 40,000 visitors per year.

As Lebanese vintners increasingly attract international acclaim, and wine tourism begins to flourish, Château Ksara leads the wine making industry with its respect for tradition and commitment to modernity.

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Vineyards

All of Ksara’s vineyards are located in the central and western Bekaa Valley. At an average altitude of 1,000 meters, the Bekaa enjoys dry summers and has the added bonus of its own natural water table, courtesy of the melting snow that runs off the slopes of the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges.

The soil ranges from chalk, to clay and chalk, to clay and lime, but it is always stony. The Bekaa enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with heavy rains and snow in the winter, a mild spring and a dry – in some cases very dry – hot summer. The slope on either side of the valley and the valley itself create a unique micro-climate in which the cool nights compensate for the hot summer days.

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19 different wines with 52 vintages

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 Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Wine Writer (South Korea)  tasted  1 wines  from  Chateau Ksara . In a tasting of  17 wines 

1968 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon Cask H12, This bottle took about an hour to come around. At first, the flavours were closed with only hints of dried fruits and smokey notes. After over an hour, the wine started to open up in the glass offering an array of lovely bottled aged flavours – black truffle, autumn leaves, dried violets and leather. Impressive wine, not just because of its age, but because it improved rather than fell apart in the glass over 3 hours. (91)

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 Luis Gutierrez, Wine Writer (Spain)  tasted  9 wines  from  Chateau Ksara . In a tasting of  46 wines 

Vina Real Reserva 1883 / This is the year when they built the big winery at Riscal. The fruit came from ungrafted vines, as phylloxera did not arrive in Rioja until 1899. The bottle had never been recorked, and the cork was clearly branded with the vintage and was surprisingly long, especially for being that old. According to Francisco Hurtado de Amézaga the showing of this wine is typical of the pre-phylloxera wines.



Amber rim, with a deep orange colour, like the old traditional roof tiles in the Spanish villages. Ethereal. Quintessential Rioja. Forest floor and cold bonfire notes. Roast beef too. Constantly changing, up and down, it comes and goes and starts all over again. Because it is alive. Fragile but strong. Complexity, balance, elegance and power. Perfection. Sweet. A world class wine. A privilege. (LG)

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Chateau Ksara . In a tasting of  60 wines 

Australia Wine Day 2019 gave a good insight from what is cooking in Wonderland Oz in DownUnder! Fascinating wines from Orange, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Margaret River. Some classics from Barossa like Grange 2011. Ashton Hills charmed with its Pinot Noirs, especially with the Reserve 2018 - absolutely delicious Burgundy-like pinot! Penley Estate impressed with its silky smooth and elegant red wines, and great label design! Among the exciting experiences were An Approach to Relaxation and Ten Minutes by Tractor, and many more. The best whites of the day were still the Margaret River Chardonnays, especially Leewuin Estate with its Montrachet-flair!

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Chateau Ksara . In a tasting of  45 wines 

BWW-Finalist Dinner at restaurant Palace with 40 finalists.

2y 9m ago

 Stuart George, Wine Dealer (United Kingdom)  tasted  8 wines  from  Chateau Ksara . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Château Ksara Clos St. Alphonse 1959 / Names after Saint Alphonse, who is celebrated on 30 October. This cuveé is still made by Ksara from what Elie Maamari called “non-noble” grapes: Syrah, Grenache and Carignan.


No Syrah in this blend. Deeper colour than before, and not yet completely brown/tawny. Gamey, fecal, mousey. Not quite as hollow as the 1952, with a bit more middle, and still retaining plenty of ripe tannins and acidity. A hint of Brett. But it all vanishes very quickly on the finish, with nothing to support the acidity and tannin. A second magnum was apparently better. 

4y 19d ago

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