Musar 2008 (Lebanon)
Founded by Gaston Hochar in 1930, Chateau Musar lies in a 17th century Mzar castle in Ghazir, just North of Beruit overlooking the Mediterranean sea. One of the great wines of the world Chateau Musar has been run by Gaston's sons, Serge (who studied winemaking under the great Emile Peynaud at the University of Bordeaux) and Ronald since 1959. The grand vin is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache and Mourvedre with the white wine being a blend of native varieties including Merwah and Obaideh. With glowing reviews from international wine critics, Chateau Musar produces an earthy complex range of wines that age beautifully and Serge Hochar was awarded the first Decanter magazine "Man of the Year" in 1984.
Amid the chaos in Lebanon, comes a wine that has been hailed by Wine Spectator and Robert Parker. Even the Wall Street Journal states: "This is something that's hard to find. But if you really want to impress your friends, it's worth looking for. This is a remarkable red wine from the Bekaa Valley that has the character and class of a Bordeaux but a totally different taste. We have had many vintages of it going to the early '70s and loved every one. Sometimes you can buy it for very little, because wine shops don't know what it is, and sometimes you can buy it for a lot of money, because wine shops know exactly what it is. Find a bottle of this and you will be invited to dinner again ". Limited
2008 was a good year for the Cinsault which displayed red berry and concentrated cherry fruits, reminiscent of Amarone. As the Cabernet Sauvignon rested in vats, it showed intense coffee bean aromas and ripe fruit, typical of a warmer vintage.
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