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This wine needs vigorous decanting otherwise it appears reduced. It shows evidence of French oak ageing: notes of vanilla with a cedar touch along with the plum fruit. Slightly meaty flavours suggest development. Amazingly balanced, with some volatile acidity providing additional freshness. With time it picks up hints of liquorice like an old Hermitage. Impressive volume yet a suave touch – a classic Musar!

 

92 Points                         

 

Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW

Decanter, June 2020

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      Tasting Notes
      The Hochar family’s philosophy of respect for the environment means that the 180 hectares of Musar vineyards are managed with minimal human interference and all the wines are made naturally.

      Chateau Musar was the first producer in Lebanon to achieve organic certification for its vineyard's in 2006. Most are located in the Bekaa Valley, cradled between two mountain ranges running parallel to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coastline. Vines have been cultivated here for at least 6,000 years: the Phoenicians (seafaring ancestors of the modern Lebanese) were instrumental in bringing vines and wines from Byblos across to all of the areas around the Mediterranean.

      In the winery, ambient yeasts do the work of fermentation. The bare minimum of sulphur is used and the Chateau Musar Red wines are neither fined nor filtered.

      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): Between 15 to 35hl per hectare.

      In their youth, Chateau Musar Reds are dense and richly-textured, with intense ‘baked fruit’ characters: plums, damsons, cranberries, cherries, figs and dates. Bordeaux grape Cabernet Sauvignon lends black fruit flavours; Rhône grapes Cinsault and Carignan contribute fragrance (violets; pepper) and supple spiciness. Either set of qualities might dominate a particular vintage, but the style is always emphatically Lebanese: enticingly aromatic, with persistent fruit flavours.

      "Marvellously warm Mediterranean fruits on the nose, would be autumnal but for their vigorous presence, as rich and robust as
      expected on the palate, almost the essence of Lebanon in the glass with rich spice and cooling breezes, the dry herby fruit flows with
      energy over the palate before giving way to a finish that confirms the structure, fruit and tannins blending in exuberantly with
      intriguing hints of much more to come in the next decade."
      (Steven Spurrier, Decanter Magazine, January 2020)

      Wine Facts

      Grape Variety
      Cabernet Sauvignon
      Grape Variety
      Carignan
      Grape Variety
      Cinsault
      ABV
      14%
      Country
      Lebanon
      Region
      Bekka Valley
      Vintage
      2013
      Colour
      Red
      Type (Still/Sparkling)
      Still
      Provenance (Old/New World)
      Old World
      Body Style
      Full Bodied Red
      Sweetness
      Still
      Drinking Stage
      Drink/Keep
      Organic
      Yes
      Biodynamic
      No
      Vegan
      Yes

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