Who makes it?
Chateau Ksara has been making wine in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon since 1857. This is remarkable given the politics of making wine in Lebanon, but the Jesuit monks who planted the vineyards, and created one of Lebanon’s oldest wineries had great wine in mind. Of course, it was built on the existing wine caves built by the Romans. They found 2 kilometres of caves while tracking down a pesky fox. Romans made wine in the region from around 750 BC.
How do they make it?
This rose is called ‘gris de gris’ because it is a blend of Carignan and the Grenache mutation, Grenache Gris. It is a salmon pink so, I guess they can get away with calling it ‘gris’….
It is made in stainless steel to keep the focus on the fruit and the freshness of the aromas.
What does it taste like?
This is a medium bodied salmon pink that is immediately engaging with fresh floral aromas. That floral note is kept great company with some cherry berry fruit. It has a soft, dry but still crisp acid and finishes with a sweep of ripe fruit.
It is a rather elegant drop.
What to drink it with?
It will be no surprise when I recommend this wine to go with all the usual food you would associate with Provence and the South of France. Salads, fresh cheeses, salty haloumi, salty fish, prosciutto, grilled chicken, and grilled vegetables.
Grilled haloumi. Goats cheese, marinated feta.
Quickie review « Such a prettily fragranced pink. One that certainly lifts the mood! »
Country of Origin: Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Tasting Date: May 2022 & June 2023
Price: UK £14
Needs food: no
Like the sound of this Chateau Ksara Gris de Gris, why not check out:
Rosé wines from the South of France are so good that you will blush to drink anything else!!
Your summer is coming up rose… from the South of France!
Visit Chateau Ksara for more.
Updated July 2023