2014 Musar, 12x375ml

2014 Musar, 12x375ml

Availability: 1-2 weeks

Case size: 12 / Bottle size: 375ml

Duty Status

(1 available)

Drinking Dates: Now-2054+

The nose is complex and profound, with heady aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, quince, and baked plum, overlaid with subtle notes of graphite, iodine and beeswax. This is a particularly Bordeaux-styled Musar; the Cabernet Sauvignon component is really on form in 2014 and reminiscent of a fine St Julien. There’s firm underlying structure, with robust tannins, balanced acidity, and plenty of fleshy ripe fruit (damson, elderberry, and Victoria plum). Fabulous purity and freshness mean this does not feel like a 14% alcohol wine. Layers of complexity slowly unfold and there is a saline streak to the long finish. This is a very polished and sophisticated Musar, with a sensual core of vibrant fruit. It is impressive now but destined for greatness in years to come. If you can keep your hands off it, the 2014 Musar will reward patience.
2014 Musar

A year for the history books, where the mountains of Lebanon failed to turn white with snow. Very low rainfall during October and November 2013, where precipitation did not exceed 18mm. This trend continued into the New Year – no rain, snow or cold weather and only two stormy days affecting no more than 20% of the country!
February and March were the driest and it seems as if this winter was an extension of summer 2013. April, May, June and July, where buds open and flowering occurs was perfect for the vines, but with one very important element missing for summer survival - water. By early August, the vines were starting to suffer badly. Sugar content in Cabernet Sauvignon rose drastically while acidity was stable. The varietal lost 40% of its weight due to lack of moisture and the hard work started on the first day of the red grape harvest - four teams harvesting simultaneously for the first time in Chateau Musar history. Carignan was also affected but not to the same degree, while the survivor of them all was, as usual, the Cinsault.

Grape Varietals
An equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan

Each varietal was fermented with natural yeasts in concrete vats. Due to the high sugar content, Cabernet Sauvignon was very slow to start, and fermentation was controlled at a lower temperature than usual to ensure its completion. Carignan was also very slow, however Cinsault survived the crisis and fermented normally with elegance and style. The wines were aged for 12 months in French oak barrels before blending in January 2017 and then bottled without fining or filtration in July & August 2017. The bottles are aged in the Chateau Musar cellars before their release in 2021.

Tasting Notes
A deep red colour, with aromas of sweet cherry, plum and dried fruit together with a subtle spice element and hint of tobacco. The wine has a soft, rounded mouthfeel with lots of flavour and fruit concentration – caramel, mocha, ripe red fruits which are supported with soft, velvety tannins and a spicy finish.
14% Alc./Vol