1993 was a good year in Lebanon. The winter was rainy and cold but not excessively so. April was mild but was followed by a cold May with some frost, reducing the crop by about 10% and affecting those vineyards where flowering was more advanced. The rest of spring and summer were fairly normal. The weather became very hot in the last week before harvesting, which started on Thursday 16th September, by which time we had a very good maturity.
The fruit was ripe and well balanced with a good acidity and sugar content. Colour is rich and dark and the grapes had a fragrant aroma. At the time Serge Hochar stated that "it is a pleasure to eat the grapes, I hope it will be even better to drink them!"
This has certainly proved to be the case as the Red 1993 is delicious, it is in the Bordeaux/Cabernet style, very supple and well balanced. Complex layers of rich berry fruits; mulberries, blackberries and redcurrants - there are also soft ripe fruits such as cherries and damsons with the characteristic "Mus