The 1998 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, which come from vineyards with an average age of 40 years. This vintage has more Cinsault, making it very fragrant and aromatic.
The wine is smooth and balanced with soft harmony - seductive and immensely appealing.
The color is a brilliant deep red color. The nose is full of red fruits, mostly cherries and cassis, with flavors of vanilla, oakiness, and some hints of chocolate. This follows through in the taste which is rich, well balanced, mellow with spices in the beginning, very smooth tanins surrounded with mature red fruits, vanilla and chocolate, and a hint of orange in the end. Very long and smooth after taste.
The 2000 vintage of Chateau Musar is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan – approximately 1/3rd of each. It was fermented in cement vats and then aged for one year in French nevers oak barriques. It was blended and bottled at the end of the third year following the harvest and aged for a further 3 to 4 years in the cellars of Chateau Musar at Ghazir before its release in May 2007.
Yield is 30 to 35hl/ha
The colour is a deep dark red, perhaps darker than usual at Chateau Musar. The nose is a complex intriguing mixture of figs, prunes, leather, dark tea, tobacco, black olives with spices and a certain earthiness.
On the palate, you will find ripe black cherries, figs, damsons-even chocolate and olives. There is good acidity with nice smooth tannins resulting in a wine which full-bodied, rich
and velvety with very long length.
A deep burgundy colour with a nose of mature fruits, plums, cherries, figs, cinnamon and cloves. The aromas follow through to a palate full of rich black and red fruits – plums and damsons dominate with pomegranate, baked cherries and Christmas spices. An intensely concentrated powerful vintage with fine smooth tannins and a spicy, warming finish.
A beautiful deep, ruby hue with lots of almost confected cherry, blackcurrant and cranberries on the nose with a hint of liquorice. The palate has an explosion of brambly and hedgerow fruits with blueberries and cherries - this is a mid-weight vintage from Chateau Musar with excellent acidity and fine tannins.
Impressive aromas of blueberries, ripe blackberries, cherries and plum fruitcake. The palate is initially soft and round with primary fruits of blackberry, plum, red cherries and pomegranate with some chocolaty spicy notes in the background. It opens up with mouth filling berry fruit and delicious notes of concentrated dark fruits and molasses. It really begins to impress in the mid palate where it holds its intensity and structure effortlessly all the way to the end. The alcohol is well integrated with elegant but youthful tannins – it is a well-balanced wine with good underpinning acidity and a compelling structure.
The wine has a beautiful rich scarlet colour with an alluring nose of black and red fruits, cherries, coffee, leather and cloves. A good natural intensity with well integrated tannins and good acidity – this is a rich, warm, concentrated vintage of Chateau Musar showing an abundance of fruit, energy and considerable finesse. Mature and balanced with a long finish.
2007 was a year of unpredictable weather patterns. The winter was quite normal until 25th January when snow suddenly stopped falling on the high mountains. The temperature continued to increase until mid-March and then another winter arrived with more snow falling until the beginning of April. On the 20th April after flowering had started, there was a sudden frost which damaged some young leaves. May was sunny and fresh and then a 3 week heat-wave struck in August adding yet another unusual dimension to the harvest this year.
The Obaideh & Merwah were both in excellent condition in 2007, in fact one of the best years ever for these two varieties which we predict will have very good ageing potential. The Obaideh had very aromatic fragrant grape juice turning to a very fruity, fresh wine with citrus leaves, peaches and pears. The Merwah had a complexity of fruits and aromas, fermented in oak barriques with a longer maturation period. The Chateau Musar White 2007 is a beautifully balanced wine with good fresh lemon acidity, tropical fruit flavours on the palate and an elegant
The 2009 is a blend produced from 2/3rd Obaideh and 1/3rd Merwah and was fermented and aged partly in oak barrels for 9 months and partly in stainless steel vats, with temperatures ranging between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. Obaideh is high in natural grape sugars and low in acidity, yielding wine with a creamy texture and flavours of honey and lemons – Merwah is a light skinned grape variety with light citrus and nut flavours, and blended together they make a distinctive white wine with excellent ageing potential.
2009 was a truly memorable year in the Bekaa Valley and a vintage of two halves – before and after the rain! There was a deluge of rain in late September, unprecedented since records began in 1870. The late ripening indigenous white grapes Obaideh and Merwah began arriving at the winery on the 15th and 21st October respectively, the former
halved in yield but superb in quality, with low PH and high acidity, qualities shared by the Merwah.
The Chateau white of this year is a deep golden colour with honeyed aromas, full of tropical fruits; pineapple, banana with warm, toasty buttery notes. The palate is rich in ripe yellow fruits, quince and apricot with the pineapple flavours following through. It also has dried fruits and almonds with oak ageing characters. This is a powerful vintage full of yellow fruits and honeycomb; there is a fine balance between the oily texture and fresh acidity. Cellared well, it will keep for decades.
We know - £18-odd for a rose from Lebanon sounds like a big ask but believe us, this is worth every penny. If this came from a winery in Provence (especially one with an Ott or a Whisper in its name) it would fetch a far higher price than this.
From grapes grown on the hillsides of the Beqaa Valley at 900-1200 metres above sea level from vines with an average age of 30 years. 40% Cinsault, 30% Syrah and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
A gorgeous strawberry colour, with aromas of red berry fruits and subtle spice. Best enjoyed within 2 years of release.
From grapes grown on the hillsides of the Beqaa Valley at 900-1200 metres above sea level from vines with an average age of 40 years. 35% Cinsault, 35% Grenache Noir, 15% Syrah and 15% Tempranillo
A fresh, thirst-quenching wine for everyday drinking, distinguished by hints of spice and pepper. Drink when young to fully enjoy its fruit.
Chateau Musar first started producing the Musar Jeune range of wines 10 years ago in 2006 from the fruit of low-yielding Bekaa Valley vines at around 1,000 metres above sea
level. Altitude keeps the average temperature at 25 ° C with hot sunny days and cool nights and with 300 days of sunshine a year, grapes are ripened to perfection.
Unoaked and made according to Musar’s natural non-interventionist wine-making philosophy, Musar Jeune wines are vibrantly fruity, richly concentrated and the 2016 vintage is no exception.
It is a blend of old vines Cinsault (45%), Syrah (45%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) from organically certified vineyards, harvested from late August onwards. The wines fermented in concrete vats between 27 and 29 ° C, they were not fined or filtered and the sedimentation occurred naturally. Blending of the 3 varieties took place in March 2017, it rested in concrete vats again until being bottled in the summer of 2017.
The Syrah was particularly impressive this year – it was surprisingly big, powerful and masculine and for us, a new perspective on this grape which we planted in 2001. Cinsault was elegant and silky with an explosion of aromas reminding us that this grape is actually a Lebanese Pinot!
The 2016 harvest showed without doubt that global warming is causing higher annual temperatures and at the same time, successive years of low rainfall have resulted in drier soils.
The Musar Jeune Red 2016 is fresh, vibrant, fruity and soft with plenty of ripe red and dark fruit and a hint of sweet spice. The tannins are gentle and the finish smooth. It’s perfect for immediate drinking but also has years of ageing potential.