Marsyas unveils 2010 red in Beirut


Last week, Château Marsyas held a vertical tasting of its 10/09/08 reds at Vintage in Beirut’s Saifi Village. Attended by owners Sandro and Karim Saadé and their internationally renowned consultant Stephane Derenoncourt, the event once again highlighted the growing interest in wine on the local market and the ever improving quality of high end Lebanese wines. The 2010 was showing young but the tannins were well integrated and promised what should be a seamless aging arc. The 08 showed what might be in store, still possessing that lovely mineral freshness that Stephane has been able to harness both with Marsyas and the brothers’ other label, the hugely promising and much admired Syrian Domain Bargylus.

Below is an extract of the Château Marsyas notes from the recently published Michael Karam’s Lebanese wines: an independent guide (Turning Point)

Ella Lister from "The World of Fine Wines"

Ella Lister from The World of Fine Wine

Château Marsyas

Established: 2005

Location: Kefraya, Bekaa

Production: 50,000 bottles

Area under vine: 60 ha

Château Marsyas is located in the West Bekaa village of Kefraya, the heartland of Lebanon’s wine industry.  Château Marsyas made its first wines in 2007 and has since become one of the most sought after wines in the local market, while quietly cultivating a growing international fan base. The winery has retained the services of Stephane Derenoncourt, one of France’s most respected consultant winemakers.

TEL. +961 1 442 082



Stephane Derenoncourt, one of France’s most respected consultant winemakers, explains the Marsyas 2010

Stephane Derenoncourt, one of France’s most respected consultant winemakers, explains the Marsyas 2010



Grapes: Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

Alc: 14.6%

Yellowy gold hue with a nose of citrus, summer flowers and cut grass. Magnificent weight in the mouth, full and rounded. More flowers and honey behind the excellent crispness in the mid palate. The finish is lemony and overlaid with nuts. This is arguably the finest Lebanese white to emerge in a year of outstanding whites.


The Vintage tasting room in Beirut's Saifi Village

The Vintage tasting room in Beirut’s Saifi Village



Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot

Alc: 14.9%

Dark purple hue. Fresh mineral nose. Full-on black fruits in the mouth with secondary flavors of cassis and licorice. The finish is long and underpinned with bell peppers and berry fruits. Like most Lebanese wines of this ‘build quality’, it needs time to open up.  After an hour the fruits and spices had developed to give full expression to the complexity.


**Older Vintages

2008: Dark purple hue. Fresh menthol nose. Good minerality on the front palate and excellent tannic integration gives body and full expression to the black fruits and leather notes. Sustained and rounded fruity finish.

2007: Deep cherry hue. Fruity, if slightly toasted, nose. In the mouth, it is balanced with integrated tannins possessing a good spine that would suggest decent aging potential. An impressive wine.

*LL1,500 = $1.00

** Price on application

Prices quoted are Lebanese off trade


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