Jul 132015

One of the wines I selected for a Kansas City Cellarmasters’ tasting turned out to be a keeper. Well more than one, but this one particularly won the group over.

From the self-proclaimed oldest wine-growing domaine in Lebanon with cellars dating from the Roman period, the 2011 Château Ksara Blanc de Blancs is a treasure. Citrus notes, floral scents and a long finish evolved over the hour we spent tasting summer whites from across the globe. As it warmed up, it got even better. IMO that’s the mark of a good white — it doesn’t have to be ice cold to be enjoyed.

According to the tech sheet, the barrel-fermented chardonnay (25%) gives this wine its finesse and elegance, the sauvignon blanc (55%) its subtle aroma of hazelnuts and exotic fruits and the semillon its roundness, length and rich taste. This wine seduces with its finesse, elegance and floral aroma. On the palate, it is soft, fresh and long lasting.

All true and more. This is a very complex wine — must be due to the terroir since there is nothing unusual about the varieties. I’m looking forward to trying a couple of their rosés next. It’s beastly hot right now, so I’ll settle for this one tonight and try to find the pinky ones tomorrow.

Chateau Ksara Blanc de Blanc 2011