About This Wine...
The wine presents a clear appearance with some green reflections. The nose is exotic with aromas of white fruits, the palate is fresh with an excellent acidity for a long and mineral finish. B-Qā de Marsyas is a high quality wine originated from the same Vineyards of Château Marsyas and produced with the same qualitative criteria. Blending finesse and minerality, B-Qā de Marsyas is defined by an elegant freshness & acidity and is produced from the younger parcels of the domaine. It is made with the same philosophy and attention to detail as its “big brother” Château Marsyas.
Alcohol: 14.25 %
80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chardonnay
2016 vintage: Winter was clement yet short-lived, giving way to a fruitful spring which brought with it lush vegetative growth. The vines flowered rapidly and uniformly, thanks to a prompt end to rainfall. Summer was relatively mild, free from the drastic spells of heat. An early harvest during the second week of August revealed mature grapes beautifully balanced in taste and flavour.
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 : 45 hl/ha
Maturation : No maturation in oak barrels
The vineyard : Vines wire-trained, green-harvesting, non 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.