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Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley Cuvee Rose 2017

$82.00Price

About the Wine:

The 2017 Chateau Musar Rose is complex with aromas of tangerine, rosewater, and exotic spices. On the palate it is savory with notes of vanilla, quince, and a saline quality. It has incredible ageability and will only continue to develop more complexity as the oak integrates further. It pairs great with charcuterie and an array of seafood.

 

About the Producer:

Founded by Gaston Hochar in 1930, Chateau Musar is Lebanon's premier estate. This 371-acre property is located in the Bekaa Valley, 15 miles north of Beirut in Ghazir. The Houchars cultivate indigenous and international varietals – Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache as well as Obaideh (a native of Chardonnay), Merwah (a native variant of Semillon), Chardonnay, Viognier and Vermentino.

 

Despite the civil war that tore the country apart from 1975-1990, the Hochars have consistently produced exceptional wines, bar the 1976 and 1984 vintages when no wine was made. Serge, Gaston’s eldest son has been the winemaker at Musar since 1959 and was as “Man of the Year” in 1984 by recognized by Decanter Magazine. Serge’s brother Ronald manages the business side of the winery along with Serge’s sons Gaston and Marc. Ronald’s son Ralph works with in Chateau Musar’s UK office. The Musar wines are unique, long-lived reflections of terroir that often reveal their best, 20-30 years after bottling.

 

Technical:

60% Obaideh, 37% Merwah and 3% Cinsault.

Elevation: 1200 metres above sea level.

Location: Mount Lebanon & Bekaa Valley.

Fermentation: in barrel with natural yeasts and minimal sulfur addition.

Ageing: 12 months in 100% new Nevers oak barrels. Bottled 14 months after harvest and aged in the cellars. Released in the Summer of 2020.