Friday, February 6, 2009

2006 Bekaa Valley


2006 Chateau Ksara Reserve du Couvent, Bekaa Valley.

This was the first wine I've ever tasted from Lebanon. Very excited. I have bottles of Chateau Musar, which is very, very famous among wine circles, but given the price I paid for it, I won't open it for a few more years. This wine seems right for some experimentation.

This wine is 40% syrah, 30% cabernet franc, 30% cabernet sauvignon. An interesting blend, but keep in mind, these are not indigenous Lebanese varietals. A deep purple hue, intense saturation. Nose of stewed red fruits, dried dates and longans. A bit overripe, over-macerated, over-manipulated.

Good structure on the palate, but the tannins are very polished. Too much human intervention, too industrialized of a wine.

I hope this isn't an indication of Lebanese wine. LCBO's been releasing a lot recently. Just hope the Chateau Musar isn't remotely close to this. An interesting experience, but one that I'm not keen to repeat.

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