The country's oldest winery
will be celebrating its 150th birthday in 2007. A household name in Lebanon
for the second half of the 20th century.
Today it produces two
million bottles annually - six reds, four whites and two rosés, as well as
Lebanon's bestselling arak (an aniseed-based eau de vie similar to ouzo). The
mid-priced Cabernet-based Reserve du Couvent is the top seller, but my choice
is the sumptuous Château Ksara 2001, a Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot blend
that is supple and smooth with a nose of strawberries and cherries over hot
Also, if you can find it in
the UK, try the Gamay/Tempranillo Cuvee de Printemps for serious summer
quaffing. Stockists include: Casevalue.com, everywine.co.uk, Handford, Noel
Young, SBN Wine, Le Vigneron, Vintage House.