Château Marsyas Rouge 'B-Qa de Marsyas', Bekaa Valley 2014
Château Marsyas, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Established in 2005 and planted 60km from Beirut on the alluvial plains of the Bekaa Valley at the foot of Mount Barouk, with an altitude that touches 990m, Château Marsyas’ 55 hectares of vineyards are steeped in history, dating back to the ancient civilisations. The Marsyas Valley, also known to the ancient Arabs as ‘Noah’s Valley’, in reference to the alleged burial site of the biblical prophet, is primarily known for the sacred temples of Baalbek/ Heliopolis, the city of the sun in which eastern and western worshipping cults took place. Owned by the Saadé family, Château Marsyas wines are produced in the belief that ‘wine is rooted in the earth’. Terroir came first, and the terroirs the family eventually chose were virgin land in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, founded on the search for excellence. Staying true to this philosophy, Sandro Saadé works with the help of the world famous winemaking consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt to produce superbly elegant wines with a unique character. Geologists understand the Bekaa is an alluvial plain cradled between two mountains. The vineyards are planted with 80% red grapes and 20% white grapes. The sun here shines 300 days a year. Winters are damp and cold, with temperatures often below zero; while the summers are hot, dry and often scorching. The altitude of 990m gives the vineyard a range of temperature
Using younger Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Mourvèdre vines, B-Q Vintage:ã de Marsyas Château Marsyas 2013 is made to be enjoyed now, with intense aromas of sweet black fruits, fresh acidity and teasingly long finish.
Grapes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre