Wines of Chateau Musar Flight
Chateau Musar was the first producer in Lebanon to achieve organic certification for its vineyards 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. Flanked by snow-covered mountains and nestled at 1000m (3,000 feet) above sea level, the serenely beautiful Bekaa Valley is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, fresh mountain breezes, and an average temperature of 25°C (encompassing snowy winters and hot summers). Remote and unspoiled, the Musar vineyards were ‘organic’ by default before the term was coined. All the grapes are hand-harvested by local Bedouins between August and October. In the winery, ambient yeasts do the work of fermentation. The bare minimum of sulfur is used and the Chateau Musar Red wines are neither fined nor filtered. Serge Hochar was Decanter Magazine's first Winemaker Of The Year!
We are tasting these wines together at 6:30 on Thursday, May 20th, with importer Bartholomew Broadbent. Join us here for the tasting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/93352619828?pwd=YTg1QXNEbGpMTFh1MUNWNGRtbEhmQT09
In case you missed it, you can see our complete schedule of upcoming tastings here: https://sunfishcellars.com/collections/upcoming-tastings
We are excited to share these three wines with you, in this order:
Chateau Musar Jeune Red, $21.99
Musar Jeune Red is an unoaked blend of Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon from youthful Bekaa Valley vines. Meant for current consumption – within a few years of the harvest – this deeply-colored, vividly fruity style, first produced in 2007, may yet prove to be a ‘keeper’. Inky-dark, silky-textured, and aromatic with blackcurrant, raspberry, and cherry jam flavors and a warm, spicy finish, it has been likened to a fine Roussillon red.
Purchase the Jeune Rouge here: https://sunfishcellars.com/products/chateau-musar-jeune-rouge
2017 Chateau Musar Hochar Pere et Fils Red, $29.99
Four years in the making, Hochar Père et Fils Red is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon from a single vineyard near the Bekaa Valley village of Aana characterized by deep soils over limestone. At an average age of 30 years old, yields are low from these mature bushvines: 20-30 hl per hectare.
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2000 Chateau Musar Rouge, $72.99
The varietal components (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignane, and Cinsault) are brought together two years after the harvest; the resulting blend is then placed back in cement tanks before being bottled 12 months later. Each wine is blended to reflect the character of the vintage. 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.
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