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Mythical Musar returns to our shores

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As if the people of Lebanon didn’t have enough to deal with, the COVID-19 pandemic was thrown into the mix, but in the face of such adversity, the wine producers of the Bekaa Valley have pushed through. While it has meant a longer wait than usual, we happily share a release offer today on the wines of Château Musar. Accompanying the most recently released 2016 Red is the highly raved-about 2015 Red.

Dear Reader,

Château Musar’s flagship wine is the red blend that is consistently made up of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. Between vinification and maturation, it takes seven years before Musar releases its Red. The grapes that go into the Red come from vineyards planted in the villages of Aana and Kefraya, on gravelly soils over limestone. These vineyards were planted from the 1930s onwards. These bush vines have an average age of 40 years and continue to produce low yields.

The Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan are vinified separately in cement tanks and after about six months, are racked into French oak barrels for one year. Once all components are blended, the new wine is racked back into cement tanks for a further 12 months. Once in bottle, the wine matures for an additional four years before being released to market.

While often seen as a second wine to the Musar Red, the Hochar Père et Fils is a label dedicated to a red blend that is produced from selected vineyards situated in the village of Aana. Grenache noir plays a role in this wine and for the 2018 vintage, it makes up 40% of the blend. The balance is 50% Cinsault and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The winemaking process is very much the same as that of the Red, albeit over a shorter period.

The wines of Château Musar are not regularly tasted by wine journalists, but British Master of Wine Greg Sherwood got his hands on the 2015 Red when it was released in the UK and had the below to say about it.

Another seductive vintage of Musar with expressive aromatics of sweet red cherries, plum liquor, cinnamon spice, sweet cedar, cherry tobacco and balsamic reduction. The palate shows wonderful textural precision with polished sleek tannins, stewed cherries, hints of cola, pithy black currant and sweet sappy spice and a suave, super elegant finish that possesses an impressively pure, weightless intensity. This is a seriously classy Musar that has more in common with harmoniously elegant vintages like the 2010 than higher horsepower years like 1995 or 1999. Simply beautiful to drink now but exhibits a vibrant freshness that will keep this wine singing for many years to come. Drink now and over the next 20+ years. 96+ points, Greg Sherwood MW

Great Domaines Chateu-Musar-red-3-pack

R 3,285
per six-bottle mixed case

Château Musar’s White has something of a cult following. It is made in very small amounts and is often quickly snapped up by those who have tumbled down this particular rabbit hole. Like its Red counterpart, the White is produced over a seven-year period. It is a blend of ancient varietals, Obaideh and Merwah, indigenous to the mountains of Lebanon. These bush vines grow at altitudes of around 1,400m above sea level. The grapes are pressed and fermented separately in French oak barriques for nine months. Once blended and in bottle, the White is matured in the Musar cellars until deemed ready for release. We have just a few bottles of the 2014 and 1997 available.

 

Château Musar
White 2014
Bekaa Valley

R 715 per bottle

 

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Château Musar
White 1997
Bekaa Valley

R 1,250 per bottle

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If you go browse the Château Musar page on our website, you will also find a handful of back-vintages of the Red. Here too quantities are very limited, so fill up a cart quickly or chat directly to us to place your order.

 

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