Continuing on with our coverage of wines from areas that our friends would never associate with wine production, along with varietals not commonly spoken about, today we chose to cover a wine from Lebanon, called Chateau Ksara Le Prieuré 2009; a fantastic red blend of Carignan, Mourvèdre, Cinsault /Cinsaut, and Cabernet Sauvignon. So, we’re in for a real treat as not only is the wine from a rarely talked about wine region, but its blend also includes grapes not often spoken about.
To review this wine, I invited a few friends over for dinner, and when I explained that the wine we were about to have with our meal was from Lebanon, one friend piped up and said “Lebanon makes wine?”. EXACTLY – This is what we wanted to do this month. To introduce our friends to wine regions and varietals they’ve probably not heard of before, and at that moment with the Lebanese wine in hand, I realized we were on our way to fulfilling our goal.
On colour, the Le Prieuré Chateau Ksara is light red, and on the nose, herbaceousness, cherry, plum and some minerality are noted. On the palate, you’ll pick up a big red blend impact, which opens up to smooth and refined tannins, recognizable black berry, currant, with a medium length finish. This is a complex wine that serves best if left to breath for a minimum of 30 minutes before indulging, but once you get in there, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $12.95
We gave this wine a score of 3.5 out of 5