01 Mar New Lebanese Wines!
Lebanese Wine Sale
We have a collection of cool wines from Lebanon on sale, including a red from the oldest winery in the region, and a 92 point red from the most famous estate, Chateau Musar! We’ll be tasting a few of these along with other wines from the Middle East this Sunday. Stay tuned for the lineup!
More on Lebanese Wines:
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. Chateau Ksara was founded in 1857 is the oldest winery in Lebanon and produced the country’s first dry red wine.
2013 Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent Vallee de la Bekaa, Lebanon
On Sale $12.99
Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent comes is made from organic grapes . A blend of 40% Syrah with equal measures of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc… it displays the aromatic and attractive purity and juiciness of texture to the ripe, vanilla-spicy cassis-laden fruit.
2010 Ixsir Altitudes Red Batroun, Lebanon
On Sale $14.99
This red, sourced from high altitude vineyards in Lebanon’s Batroun district, is composed of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon; 26% Caladoc (a cross of Malbec and Grenache); 22% Syrah and 17% Tempranillo…this is a beautifully integrated wine made with the help of Chateau Angelus’ Hubert de Bouard. Lifted cassis, capsicum, herbs and violets meld with silky tannins and fresh acidity.
“Musar is one of the Middle East’s iconic wineries…”
The Wine Advocate
2007 Chateau Musar Red Blend, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
On Sale $49.99
Roughly equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault, aged for 12 months in French oak…Finishing with complexity, earthy nuances and a gamey hint, it is a relatively polished Musar that shows both finesse and flavor on the finish. This becomes a completely different wine with three hours of decanting, up to and including, what seemed to me to be a high-toned nuance… a hint of Amarone. Like most Musars, this is a bottling that has a lot of stuff going on.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2011 Chateau Musar “Hochar” Red Blend, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
On Sale $29.99
Chateau Musar Hochar Pere et Fils 2011 Lebanon Red Wine Lebanon has a deep garnet colour with a nose of blackberries and damsons, bitter cherries with hints of Assam tea leaves and cloves. On the palate, there are cranberries, Christmas cake spices, coffee beans and tobacco. The vintage finishes drier than the 2009 due to the dominance of the Carignan. The result is a wine with ripe fruit, firm structure, good natural acidity and excellent aromatics.