2012 Ch. Musar
Over the last few years, demand for Chateau Musar has increased exponentially. As a result, current vintage releases are selling out rapidly and the once extensive offering of library vintages is now much diminished. It's no exaggeration to say this may be one of the last times some of the older wines are available to buy.
The latest release from Musar is their 2012 and I just had my first taste. The style of Musar can change significantly from vintage to vintage and the 2012 is one of the most distinctive in years but it's still unmistakably Musar.
N.B. Musar is only releasing Duty Paid stock and will no longer sell Under Bond.
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Vintage Notes from Ch. Musar
2012 was an interesting year of contrasts as January and February were extremely cold and snowy, April proved fresh and rainy giving a boost for the opening of the buds. In early May, all the vineyards were astonishingly green with many small buds. June was very hot indeed but the vines withstood this and flowering occurred with such success that we were expecting a big harvest this year. A very hot July followed with 10 days of heat wave with temperatures of 39 and 40 degrees – this caused the vines to tire and green leaves turned pale, even yellow in some places, almost as if October was early and causing the harvest to be much smaller than we had initially hoped.
Sugar content rose dramatically but acidity remained high. Our red grapes were mostly harvested by vineyard and rarely by grape variety – Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault were first picked during the last week of August from Kefraya vineyards, followed by Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon from Aana and towards the end of the harvest, the other vineyards of Carignan and Cinsault were picked from there. Red fermentation was difficult this year due to different levels of grape maturation. Some vats fermented very slowly with others much faster but in both cases, the results were very promising. This vintage was blended in February 2015 and bottled during the summer of 2015.