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Lebanon tasting notes

text and photographs © 2012 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Wines of Lebanon.

CHATEAU KA

Château Ka is distributed in the UK by Alliance Wines. Tel: +44 (0)1505 506060. See all stockists of Château Ka on wine-searcher.

red wines

Château Ka, Cadet de Ka 2008
14%. Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, with Syrah and Merlot. Six months in oak barrels for 15% of blend. Going into Marks & Spencer in May. Herby nose, lots of very elegant floral notes and a touch of nettle, fresh and inviting. The palate has crisp, fresh, cherryish fruit with a tangy, cherry-skin acidity and fresh finish. 87/100. Around 8.99.

Château Ka, Source de Rouge 2008
14%. Similar blend, with 30% in older oak for 12 months. Much more blackcurranty and smoothly ripe on the nose, with that gentle herb and spice notes, pepper and Sandalwood. The palate is cherry fresh, with again a slightly richer black fruit basis, but retaining that lovely freshness. Seems to have a little more tannin here too, and a little spicy ripeness. 88/100.

Château Ka, Fleur de Ka 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon 70% with Merlot and Syrah. A little bit of resinous, slightly volatile aroma and a lot of oak here. All new barrels, 80% of the wine in barrel. Some smoky bacon character. Deep blackcurrant fruit. Quite creamy, a touch smoky on the palate too, but again that level of smoky, charry oak just biting on the finish slightly. Would be interesting to taste again in a few years and slightly warmer. 88/100.

Château Ka, Fleur de Ka 2006
92% new oak, Again, and awful lot of oak here, with coconut and marzipan, and creamy vanilla. The blackcurrant fruitiness comes through more, with a stripe of liquorice. It is a little drier, the tannins grippy, and still too much oak, but the fruit much richer and riper, with good acidity and a fine, long finish, Jean suggests it is a 20 year wine and needs time. For now, 89/100.

white wines

Château Ka, Source Blanche 2011
Blend of Sauvignon Blanc with Muscat, Chardonnay and Viognier. Lovely peachy nose, a touch of talcum and zesty lemon. The palate has a clarity and running water freshness, yet there is juicy grapefruit and lemon acidity, finishing with nice spice and a fresh finish. 88/100. 13%. In Waitrose.

Château Ka, Source Blanche 2010
Apple, orange and greengage fruit melange, but gently herby too. The palate more dominated by Muscat, with a drier finish, and slightly more strident finish, but still nice grapefruity freshness. 87/100.

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