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Chateau Musar 'Gaston Hochar' Red

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In 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. Over decades the wines acquire tawny hues and mellow notes.

Seven years in the making, Chateau Musar Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from low yielding, mature, vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Aana and Kefraya on gravelly soils over limestone. 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 stood up the night before opening to settle any sediment. After careful decanting (and discarding of sediment, usually in the last centimetre of the bottle) the wine should be allowed to breathe for several hours and served at 18°C with roasts, grills (especially lamb), casseroles, game, and mature cheeses.


Producer Chateau Musar
Country Lebanon
Region Bekka Valley
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault
Style 12. Intense blackcurranty reds
Vintage 2009
Alcohol 13.70%
Food Match Game / Duck, Casseroles / Stews, Mature Cheeses, Roasted or griilled Red Meats
Certification Vegan. Vegetarian, Organic
Bottle Size 75cl

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