Château Ksara, one of Lebanon’s leading winery, highlighted its proud heritage recently when a bottle of its Vin D’Or 1942 sold for £1,500 ($2,000) in a recent auction at the Human Rights Watch annual dinner at the Tower of London.
About the wine auctioned: Vin D’Or is a fortified, sweet wine was made by the Jesuits brothers who founded Château Ksara in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley in 1857. It would have been made with Grenache Blanc, Malvasia and Macabeo, having undergone Passerillage sur vigne before being fortified at mid fermentation and then spending six months in oak. The final wine clocks in at 16% ABV with 70 gms/litre of residual sugar. There are only a few hundred bottles left, all of which are stored in the Chateau Ksara’s 2km-long Roman caves, which were discovered at the end of the 19th century at the back of the winery.
Also as part of its 160th anniversary celebrations, Château Ksara recently announced it would be releasing vintage wines from 2000 onwards from its Château, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cuvee du Pape Chardonnay ranges. Château Ksara has also indicated that it is willing to sell limited quantities of the Vin D’Or, as well as its Vieille Eau de Vie, also distilled in the 1930s and 1940s, to select clients.
The wines are being sold in London, New York, Hong Kong and Beirut.