Château Ksara Chardonnay Cuvée du Pape
Key to the concept of our Global Masters competitions is the chance to draw attention to the unusual, as well as confirm the reputation of the established.
It was in a recent Chardonnay Masters that we unearthed a brilliant example at an affordable price. In fact, it was from Lebanon, and represents one of the best-value Chardonnays money can buy.
Hailing from Château Ksara in the Bekaa Valley, this barrel-fermented wine, called Cuvée du Pape, has all the hallmarks of great Chardonnay: a touch of stone fruit, an edgy lemon-like acidity, a slightly oily texture, and a lovely cashew nut richness. The ideal lubricant for turkey and stuffing, but also rich enough to stand up to alternative centrepieces like ham or goose.
Medal: Gold – The Global Chardonnay Masters, 2018