Chateau Kefraya Les Coteaux 2012 has a slight hint of oak, fruit and freshness to be appreciated fully after a few years of aging. Born from a unique blend of Syrah, Marselan, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, Les Coteaux reveals an intense nose of roasted coffee and vanilla. The wine is rich and smooth on the palate, with harmonious spicy notes of black cherry and spices.
On the nose : exuded elegant aromas of ripe fruit like black cherries, black plums, and pepper notes mingled with a lightly touch of vanilla.
On the palate, Chateau Kefraya 2012 offers flavors of coffee and vanilla with hints of ripe fruits and spices
Pairs with grilled meats, cheeses and lightly spiced dishes
Double Gold Medal, CWSA China Wine & Spirits Awards
Today, not many people are aware that Lebanon is one of the oldest wine producers in the world, in fact, stretching back almost 5,000 years.
However, the region’s reputation for viniculture truly came to prominence thanks to the Phoenicians. The term wine is derived from a Phoenician word describing the fermentation of grapes.
In poetry from Ugarit, an ancient port city, the wine of Lebanon was described as “sweet and abundant”. And the biblical land of Canaan, part of which is modern Lebanon, played host to the wedding where Jesus was said to have turned water into wine.
Wines from Lebanon were exported to Egypt around 2,500 BC and also introduced to Greece and Italy. Wine played an important part in many of the religions of the day, including the Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian religions.
Evidence from Rome shows that 2,000 years before Alexander the Great, the Phoenicians cultivated and domesticated the vine and produced wine. Around 1550 BC, they developed a number of maritime trade routes, expanding their already growing cultural influence. They shared their alphabet and also the unparallel knowledge of viticulture and wine making.
From intact shipments of wine discovered on sunken Phoenician ships, the wines appear to have been protected from oxidation by a layer of olive oil, followed by a seal of pinewood and resin.
There’s only one way to discover why Lebanon has such a rich and important history of producing beautiful wines: sample them for yourself.