About This Wine...
The wine presents a beautiful light yellow appearance with green reflections. Aromas are elegant on the nose with mineral, citrus and light hints of white fruits. The palate is straight due to a good acidity and a beautiful aromatic palette. The final is of a good persistence delivering notes of citrus and a beautiful minerality. Made from grapes grown on the plains of the
Bekaa Valley in the village of Kefraya, Chateau Marsyas sets a new standard in Lebanese white wines. An unoaked blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon, the wine has aromas of citrus, summer flowers and cut grass. In the mouth, it is mineral, full and rounded with notes of citrus, stone fruit with a hint of nuttiness. Its structure, balance, acidity and fruit allow the
wine to develop complexity years after its release.
50% Chardonnay, 50% Sauvignon Blanc
2014 vintage: Beautiful vintage and one of the earliest for Marsyas. Following a brief winter that was reasonably cold and wet, springtime witnessed warm, dry weather, which allowed for consistent vine growth and decent flowering. Precipitation was minimal and ended around mid-April. An unusually moderate summer saw temperatures rarely exceeding 28°-30°C, coupled with cool nights. The onset of fruit ripening was swift, but such a climate fostered good maturation of the grapes, whose acidities imparted strength and freshness to the wine. The harvest commenced with Chardonnay on August 15th and concluded with Cabernet Sauvignon on September 17th.
Soil : Red Clay & limestone
Altitude : 900m above sea level
Vineyard Area: 65 hectares (planted)
Age of vines : 12 years
Density : 6250 vines/ha
Yield : 25 hl/ha
Maturation : No maturation in oak barrel Vines wire-trained, green-harvesting, no pesticides, no weed-killers. Cereal crops
planted between rows to improve aeration of the soil and feed the soil with organic matter and bacteria. Harvest by hand, gathering grapes in small crates, with grape 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.