Château Marsyas Rouge 2013
Château Marsyas Rouge is a premium Lebanese wine with a dark red colour and purple reflections. Fresh wild strawberry bouquet with touches of liquorice and leather. Precise and elegant with a generous palate balancing fresh acidity and soft, fine tannins. Sweet black cherries, fresh strawberries and blackcurrants create a rich fruit flavour that has layers of liquorice, cocoa and a touch of earth cutting through it. Closes in a long and silky finish that leaves a beautiful acidic balance.
Comprises a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
The fruit for this wine comes from Château Marsys estate vineyards in the southern part fo the Bekaa Valley. The terroir is a plateau that extends between Mount Lebanon and mountains known as Anti-Lebanon, at an altitude that 900 metres. Geologists understand the Bekaa as an alluvial plain cradled between two mountains.The soil is red with a clay-limestone bedrock, which suits the vines well. The limestone gives the Lebanese terroir its special character and adds something to each grape varietals’ classic aromas. The limestone also forces the roots of the vine to reach deeper into the ground in search of the nutrients it needs. This translates in the mouth as a freshness that balances the natural power of the wines.
It is important to remember that wine is done primarily (90%) in the vineyard and then (10%) in the cellar. By following this philosophy, Karim and Sandro Saadé have set very qualitative criteria, such as high plantation density (6,250 plants per hectares) and a very low yield per plant (under 1 kg per plant).