Chateau Musar 1997 RedRegular price £37
The big feature of Lebanon's finest wine, Chateau Musar Red, is time. It is 'seven years in the making', and the winery is still selling vintages from the 1950s. The best vintages seem to go on and on. A blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon that varies depending on the character of the vintage, sometimes it can be more Rhône-like, sometimes closer to Bordeaux. Whichever, it always retains something distinctively Lebanese, and uniquely Musar.
Deep ruby with a bricky rim. Decanted. Beautifully scented with the Cinsault (an orange character) and not dominated by the Cab. Silky, elegant and long. Perfumed but not floral. Silky, fresh and perfectly clean. Transparent. Fine, dry texture but so elegant. Utterly delicious and juicy and totally de nos jours.
17.5 pointsTamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com, 02/11/2017
Vineyards near the villages of Aana and Kefraya. Some vines date back to the 1930s, average vine age 40 years. 'Seven years in the making' with ageing periods in French oak barrels, cement vats and bottle. Unfined, unfiltered.
|Wine||Chateau Musar Red|
|Blend||Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault|