Château Musar 1998
18.5 points, “Really lovely wine.” – Jancis Robinson
Château Musar knew this would be a good vintage, as the grapes they were harvesting were already delicious straight off the vine. But it was an unusual blend in 1998; the higher proportion of Cinsault makes it wonderfully aromatic. Violets, roses and pink peppercorns provide the highlights. Just below the surface, there’s sweet cedarwood, grain and raisins reminiscent of muesli, and ripe summer berries. As you dive deeper, it gets darker and more expansive like the ocean, with stewed plums, apricots, damsons and figs, plus a pinch of baking spice. You could honestly swim around in this for days.
The Hochar family’s wine is quite simply an icon. This is the Middle East’s Château Latour. Located in Ghazir, just north of the Lebanese capital Beirut, the grapes are grown in the Bekaa Valley. Despite always being a blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, as Jancis Robinson so aptly puts it, “The Musar red style is hard to pin down.” That’s because Lebanon’s top producer believes that rather than manipulating the wine into a consistent style, the grapes should sing the song of the vintage. So one year it can taste like a Bordeaux, the next like a great Rhône, and sometimes even like a Burgundy. Throw into the mix a little feral Brettanomyces funk, some bottle variation and a substantial ability to age, and you have a truly unique wine that offers a totally new experience with every cork you pull.
SKU No.: 2961578
Style No.: 726927
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