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.