Our newsletter offers amazing insights,
offers, events, tours, etc.
Chateau Musar Jeune Rosé 2013
- Great Domaines
all ratings out of 100 points.
"The 2013 vintage was produced exclusively from the Cinsault grape, from old vines of more than 40 years of age – harvested in late September. For our Musar Jeune rosé wines, we use the ‘saignée’ method and this vintage is a lighter colour than in previous years, due to less skin contact time in 2013. A light salmon, pink colour with a nose of peaches, pears and white stone fruits with a hint of mandarins and rosewater on the finish. The supple palate has fruits of quince, apples and Seville orange marmalade, it is nicely balanced with soft well integrated tannins and good acidity with a cranberry juiciness on the finish. Partner, gently chilled with delicate flavours of fresh shellfish or with a mozzarella and sun ripened tomato salad." - Producer Note
The wines of Château Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient wine-making culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon’s high altitude Bekaa Valley for over 6,000 years.
From around 4,500 BC, the sea-faring Phoenicians (ancestors of the modern Lebanese) distributed their wines and vines throughout the Mediterranean, travelling as far as Cadiz (and possibly beyond) in their robust cedar boats. Their resilience in the face of repeated invasion gave rise to the legend of ‘The Phoenix’. They also invented the alphabet to help keep records of their various transactions.
The ancient city of Baalbek in the northern Bekaa Valley, takes its name from the Phoenician fertility god, Baal. The Roman god Bacchus was in turn worshipped here and the temples built in his honour remain among the most perfectly preserved in the world.
The region’s wines are mentioned many times in the bible, with the first recorded evidence of wine transactions coming from Byblos (‘book’ in Greek, hence ‘Bible’) an historic fishing port north of Beirut. French in origin, the Hochar (pronounced Hoshar) family arrived in Lebanon in the 12th century, ‘Preux Chevaliers’ and have remained there ever since.