Château Musar 2016


Seven years in the making, Chateau Musar Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Aana and Kefraya on gravelly soils over limestone. Planted from the 1930s onwards, yields are low from these mature bushvines (average age: 40 years):. The varietal components are brought together two years after the harvest; the resulting blend is then placed back in cement tanks before being bottled 12 months later. After 4 years’ bottle maturation in the deep stone cellars of Chateau Musar, the finished wines are released a full seven years after the harvest. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, Chateau Musar Reds are suitable for vegans; they’re also richly-textured and likely to ‘throw a crust’. This is a common feature of most fine wines and is especially true of Musar Red vintages over a decade old. Ideally, bottles should be standing up the night before opening to allow the sediment to settle. After careful decanting (and discarding of sediment, usually in the last centimetre of the bottle) the wine should be allowed to breathe for an hour and served at 18°C with roasts, grills (especially lamb), casseroles, game, and mature cheeses. One of my favourite wines and at somewhate affordable price.


Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Dark burgundy colour
Nose Matured stone fruits, plums and figs with liquorice and spicy notes
Palate Bold taste profile of juicy, black fruits plus mocha and leather and a beautiful lingering finish

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carignan, 30% Cinsault
Alcohol % 14%
Style Elegant and structure Red Wine
Estate/Producer Château Musar Estate by Gaston Hochar
Country Lebanon
Region Bekaa Valley
Vintage 2013
Vinification The varietal components in Chateau Musar Red undergo lengthy fermentations in cement vats at temperatures below 30°C. 6 months after the harvest they are transferred into French barrels (oak from the forest of Nevers) for one year.
Closure Natural Cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Ready to Drink with great ageing potential if stored properly


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