2011 releases from Lebanon: Part 2

Horeca this week. In the meantime, here are my latest tasting notes



Château Fakra

La Fleur de Fakra 2009

Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. Orangey pink hue. Nose is shy. Good acidity despite its age but the finish is a bit flat. We really should be tasting 2010 roses by now. $5-$10*


Château Fakra

Perla Bianca du Château 2008

Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. Dark wheat hue. Honeyed and citrus nose, if a bit ‘dusty’. Elegant and rounded  with peachy notes.  $5-$10*

Light and fruity reds

Château Fakra

Cuvee de Temple 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache. Dark ruby hue. Intense peppery nose, ‘leading’ with Cabernet and Syrah in the mouth and a sustained spicy finish. Excellent value. $5-$10*

Medium-bodied reds

Château Ksara

Reserve du Couvent 2008

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc. Dark cherry hue. Bell pepper nose. Intense fruit in the mouth, layered with savory flavors and hints of aniseed, leading to a sustained spicy finish. This wine can age and I predict it will be even better in two years. $5-$10*

Domaine Wardy

Merlot 2007

Deep ruby hue. Tell tale nose spices and cured meats. Strong presence of berry fruits in the mouth underpinned with further meaty flavors. Another winner from Wardy’s mono-cépages stable. $5-$10*

Domaine Wardy

Syrah 2007

Mid-deep purple hue. Intense and minty nose. (my 12-year-old daughter detected a hint of mango…good for her) Further fruit, licorice and spices in the mouth with a glorious finish. A wine that screams with flavors. Not a huge fan of mono-cépages but Wardy’s are the exception. This should peak in a year. $5-$10*




Full-bodied reds

Château Kefraya 2007

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Mourvedre. Deep purple hue. Nose of intense smoke and floral aromas with hints of luscious stewed fruits. Good tannic structure. Lay it down and forget about it for at least five years. $10-15*

*Lebanese off-trade prices


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