2008 Musar White, 6x750ml
N.B. Chateau Musar recommend the use of prongs to remove corks that are older than 15 years of age, as using a corkscrew may prove difficult to remove the cork in one piece.
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Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml
Ch Musar White, 2008, 6x750ml
60% Obaideh and 40% Merwah (indigenous to the mountains of Lebanon and said to be related to Chasselas, Chardonnay and Sémillon). The Obaideh vineyards are in the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountains on stony, chalky soils, while the Merwah vines are on the seaward side of Mount Lebanon, on calcareous gravels. Yields are very low for these untrained bushvines: 10 – 20 hl per hectare. At high elevation (around 1,400 m) they are still on their own roots. Fermented in French Nevers oak barriques for nine months, bottled and blended at the end of its first year and released seven years after the harvest. 2008 was unusual: snow in January and rain until 23 February, then no rain for the rest of the growing season. Vineyards suffered. Harvesting was unusually early for the French varieties, but these indigenous varieties didn’t ripen until October. Clear glass.
Dried-out cork so we had to let the cork dust settle and taste from a bottle with the cork fragment floating in it. Pale gold. Spicy (savoury, Indian spice) nose. I want to say ambergris – more out of onomatopoeia than aroma. Still rather sour without the roundness of mature fruit to counterbalance quite marked acidity which the accompanying notes attribute to the age of the vines. Definitely worth keeping until more complexity counterbalances the acidity.12%. Drink 2020-2035. 16++ points Jancis Robinson MW
Released 7 years later in the spring of 2015, the wine has a beautiful rich scarlet colour with an alluring nose of black and red fruits, cherries, coffee, leather and cloves. A good natural intensity with well integrated tannins and good acidity – this is a rich, warm, concentrated vintage of Chateau Musar showing an abundance of fruit, energy and considerable finesse. Mature and balanced with a long finish. - Ch. Musar