Chateau Musar Red
As of 2006, Chateau Musar was the first producer in Lebanon to achieve organic certification for its vineyards. The Hochar family’s philosophy is to show upmost respect for the environment.
The 180 hectares of Musar vineyards are managed with minimal intervention, producing wines that are a pure expression of the land from which they came.
Chateau Musar Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Aana and Kefraya on gravelly soils over limestone.
Planted in the 1930s, yields are small from the bush vines averaging 40 years of age. Grapes undergo long fermentations in cement vats at temperatures below 30°C. 6 months after the harvest they are transferred into French barrels for one year.
When it comes time to blend, each variety is 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. The wines are aged in bottle for 4 years; the finished wines are released a full seven years after the harvest.
A beautiful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault. Tart and dried fruit showing black and red cherry, raspberry, black currants, and freeze-dried strawberries. There’s dried leaves and earth with underlying notes of black pepper, cigar box, dried leather and savoury dried herbs. The wine is dry, full-bodied with nicely integrated tannins, the finish is long.
Drink now or cellar for 15+ years
Roasted pork, beef brisket, green bean casserole, roasted potatoes and firm and aged cheeses.