About This Wine...
The wine presents a clear, deep purple appearance with a complex & powerful nose including black fruits, licorice & spices.
The palate is ample and round with integrated tannins and good acidity. The finish is long and fruity. Chateau Marsyas is characterized by a dark color and deep purple reflection. We can detect the scent of black fruit and pepper with a liquorish touch. The wine develops itself on the palate with power and softness. The tannins are tightened and perfectly coated leaving
the sensation of round and sensual forms. The fruit dened with purity, accompanies the wines to its freshly finish.
65 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 % Syrah, 10 % Merlot, 5 % Petit Verdot
2012 vintage: This vintage was rather stifled on the whole. Despite heavy rainfall in the winter, spring was dry with temperatures above normal. Summer, too, was warm, marked by a heatwave in late July; but cool nights helped sustain decent acidities in the fruit. Ultimately, lack of groundwater coupled with high temperatures compelled us to produce smaller yields of grapes, which nonetheless preserved the high quality essential to developing round, gourmet wines.
Soil : Red Clay & limestone
Altitude : 900m above sea level
Vineyard Area: 65 hectares (planted)
Age of vines : From 8 to 12 years
Density : 6250 vines/ha
Yield : 30 hl/ha
Maturation : 12 months. 1/3 in new casks, 1/3 in 1 year old casks, 1/3 in 2 year old casks. 100% French oak.
The vineyard: Vines wire-trained, green-harvesting, no pesticides, no herbicides. Cereal crops planted between rows to improve aeration of the soil and feed the soil with organic matter. Harvest by hand, gathering grapes in small crates (10kg), with double sorting.
The Bekaa Valley, south east of Beirut, at an altitude of 990 metres is home to the other ambitious project of the Saadé family. The vineyard covering 65 ha was planted in 1995 in the iron rich and limestone soils of this mountainous region. Bordeaux varietals are to the fore with the reds plus some Syrah and Mourvèdre whilst the whites are made from Chardonnay and Sauvignon. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel whilst ageing is done in barrel. Stéphane Derenoncourt also consults here, helping the family to achieve not just great Lebanese wine but great wine full stop.