Château Marsyas Rouge, Bekaa Valley 2011
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 Bordeaux 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 temperatures that favours the fruit qualities of the grapes, while maintaining their acidity. The first wines re
With intense aromas of ripe, sweet black fruits, including black cherry and blackcurrant, Château Marsyas Rouge is a complex and powerful wine. The palate is packed with the same rich, ripe black fruits, as well as liquorice, cocoa and a touch of earth, all balanced by a fresh acidity and supple, fine-grained tannins. Although drinking beautifully now, this is a wine that will continue to improve with age.
Grapes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20%, Syrah, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot