Le­banon’s Château Ksara in Malta

Malta Independent - - BUSINESS -

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. 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.

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.

Château Ksara Rouge is a blend of Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, Mer­lot and Petit Ver­dot, aged in new oak for 12 months. This Le­banese take on a tra­di­tional claret as­sem­blage is made to age grace­fully. Rasp­berry, black­cur­rant and vanilla aro­mas make way for a pow­er­ful, spicy, leather-tinged palate, of ex­tra­or­di­nary length and com­plex­ity.

Other wines avail­able lo­cally are their Blanc des Blancs, the sweet for­ti­fied Mosca­tel, Re­serve du Cou­vent and the pre­mium Le Sou­verain which has a dense deep pur­ple red robe, with a re­mark­able bou­quet of dark wild berries, and an un­der­lin­ing of liquorice, fenu­greek and carob, ac­com­pa­nied by a highly com­plex ol­fac­tory range.

Château Ksara also pro­duce Ksarak – an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple of Arak, Le­banon’s na­tional drink, made with the finest grape al­co­hol, to which aniseed from the Al Heenah area of Mount Her­mon (con­sid­ered the finest aniseed in the world) is added. The spirit is dis­tilled to re­lease the purest Arak, which is then aged for two years in clay jars.

Château Ksara wines and arak are proudly im­ported, mar­keted and dis­trib­uted by Far­sons Bev­er­age Im­ports Com­pany (FBIC) Lim­ited, a mem­ber of the Far­sons Group.

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