Decanter experts give their verdict, tasting notes and drinking windows on the best Lebanon wines.

 

Despite a turbulent political history, during recent years wine in Lebanon has flourished, says Christina Pickard, with the best producers balancing tradition and modernity with power and delicacy. See Christina’s pick of five of the best from Lebanon here…

Lebanon wines, Lebanon, Ixsir Altitute White 2009

Ixsir, Altitudes White 2010
40% Muscat, 30% Viognier, 15% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon. Grapey perfume and zippy lemon notes with a palate of Mediterranean spices, white flowers, stone fruit and a muscular, chewy texture.
Price £15.95 Great Western, Harper Wells, Hedonism, Lebanos
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 13.5%

Lebanon wines, Lebanon, Domaine des Tourelles 2005

Domaine des Tourelles, Marquis des Beys, Bekaa Valley 2005

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Syrah. Leaf, tobacco and cedar perfumes with ripe blackberries in the background. The palate of juicy fruit and spice reveals grippy tannins and fresh acidity.
Price £20–£30 (2009) Guildford Wine Co, Hennings
Drink 2013–2028
Alc 14%

Lebanon wines, Lebanon, Saint John

Karam Winery, St John, Jezzine 2006

Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot. Flavours of plums, nectarines and cherries with earthy tones. The still-prominent tannins and acidity promise more years of ageing, but it’s great to drink now too.
Price £27 Kingswood Wines
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 12%

Lebanon wines, Lebanon, Chateau Ksara Bekaa Valley 2008

Château Ksara, Cuvée de Troisième Millénaire, Bekaa Valley 2008

40% Petit Verdot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Syrah. Distinctly Lebanese with a heady nose of spice, incense and blackberries and a palate of sandalwood and liquorice. Big round tannins and fantastic acidity. Needs food.
Price £26.70–£34.50 CorkingWines, Slurp
Drink 2013–2030
Alc 13.5%

Lebanon wines, Lebanon, Chateau Ka 2008

Chateau Ka, Cadet de Ka, Bekaa Valley 2008

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Syrah, 10% Merlot. Likeable nose of dried herbs and potpourri with a palate of cherries and more Mediterranean herbs.
Price £8.99 Marks & Spencer
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 14%