About This Wine...
The wine presents a clear and deep purple appearance. The nose is fresh and develops aromas of red fruits & flowers. The palate is of a good acidity and mineral freshness with tight and integrated tannins. The finish is Long with notes of fruit and liquor. B-Qā de Marsyas is a high quality wine originated from the same vineyard of Château Marsyas and produced with the same qualitative criteria. Blending finesse and minerality, B-Qā de Marsyas is defined by rounded tannins created by 8 months of gentle barrel aging. It is made with the same philosophy and attention to detail as its “big brother” Château Marsyas
& is produced from the younger parcels of the domaine.
Alcohol: 15.40 %
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
2014 vintage: A slightly early harvest nevertheless yielded a beautiful vintage. Following a harsh winter, spring was rather mild and dry, allowing for a uniform flowering of the fruit. A typically warm Mediterranean summer was tempered by sea breezes, which introduced humidity to the atmosphere. The grapes were marked by desired acidities, imparting structure, strength and aromatic finesse to the wine.
Soil : Red Clay & limestone
Altitude : 900m above sea level
Vineyard Area : 65 hectares (planted)
Age of vines : From 6 to 8 years
Density : 6250 vines/ha
Yield : 40 hl/ha
Maturation : 8 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 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 (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.