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Chateau Musar

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CHATEAU MUSAR

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£29.99

Lebanon >> Bekka Valley >> Cabernet Sauvignon/Cinsault/Carignan

Description

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.

In summary we feel that the 2000 vintage is a serious wine with serious ageing potential but with a very approachable and open style which makes it perfect for drinking now as well as cellaring.  

It is when the grapes reach optimal maturity, typically between the 5th and the 15th of september, that the harvest begins at Château Musar.

The grapes are handpicked as the sun rises across the Bekaa valley and are then swiftly transferred to the cellar in Ghazir where fermentation takes place followed by maceration lasting 2 to 4 weeks.

 During the first year the wine is racked into Bordeaux type barrels made from Nevers oak and where it matures from 12 to 15 months. Our philosophy of respect for nature and ecology is the reason for which our wines are neither fined nor filtered and receive no chemical additives with the exception of the minimum necessary dose of sulphur.

 At the end of the second year blending takes place with the proportions of cabernet sauvignon, carignan and cinsault varying with each vintage, the only deciding factor being taste.

During the third year bottling takes place after which the wine is allowed to rest 3 to 4 years in our cellars before release.

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