Grape Varietal 100% Carignan. Carignan is a red, Spanish grape that has found global fame in the Southern Rhone, the Languedoc and California. The Jesuits who founded Château Ksara introduced it to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in 1857. Since then, it has been the backbone of the wine industry and has been given profound expression by Lebanon’s formidable terroir. This wine is made from 60-year-old vines that add complexity and flavor due to the low yields.
Characteristics The Carignan is a hardy, long-ripening grape that delivers body, lush flavours and texture, with good acidity. Château Ksara’s Carignan is made from 60year-old vines, grown in the West Bekaa Valley, where the climate is continental, at 1,200 meters on stony clay and limestone soil.
Winemaking The Carignan is hand-picked at an average yield of 40 Hl/Ha and whole-bunch pressed. Fermentation, initiated by wild yeasts, takes place in old concrete tanks built by the Jesuits, is carried out at a 22C, with a skin contact period of 1 month before being vatted for 12-14 months prior filtration, fining and bottling.
Taste The Carignan has a deep purple hue. On the nose, it offers intense red and black fruits with spice and garrigue aromas. The palate is fresh, full of blackcurrant, strawberries and plums fruit underpinned with spice, juniper and oregano. The finish is long and sustained.
Serving With red meats, cold cuts, Italian cuisine, hard sheep cheese. Serve chilled at 14-16°C.
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