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Chateau Musar Rose 2016


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Just as in Champagne, a small amount of red wine is blended with white to create this delicate, yet complex and age worthy still rosé wine. The Chateau Musar Rosé was originally conceived in 1994 by the late Serge Hochar as a tribute to his love for the great rosés of Champagne.

Chateau Musar Rosé uses low yielding, ancient indigenous varietals Merwah (40%) and Obaideh (57%) as a base wine. These grapes are grown at 1200-1400 metres above sea level in the Mount Lebanon and Anti Lebanon ranges from old vines on their original rootstocks.
The last of our grapes to be harvested in October, the Merwah and Obaideh are both barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 9 months, with a small proportion of red Cinsault wine (3%) – the grapes are mixed in the press before fermentation.

The 2016 has a very pale salmon colour which belies the complex aromas and flavours within; hints of spice, rosewater, citrus and a little red fruit lead to flavours of quince, almond and subtle vanilla from the oak ageing. The wine has a textural weight and body which finishes with a saline minerality .

The freshness and youth in this 2016 vintage lends a vibrant acidity to balance the unexpected richness and complexity of the wine, though both will develop with time and integrate seamlessly with the oak element and enhancing the experience. An ideal aperitif wine, though also suited to seafood, charcuterie and washed-rind cheeses.

Chateau Musar

Chateau Musar, located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar. In 1959, after studying oenology at the University of Bordeaux, his son Serge became winemaker. Serge spent 18 years perfecting the formula for Chateau Musar’s Red and was chosen as Decanter Magazine’s first ‘Man of the Year’ in 1984 for his dedication to producing superb quality wines during Lebanon’s Civil War (1975-1990). Recognition from Michael Broadbent, at the 1979 Bristol Wine Fair, threw Musar into the international spotlight and helped create a cult-like following. A legend of a winemaker, often heralded as a philosopher of wine, Serge passed away in 2014. The Hochar family remains committed to his legacy. Serge’s son Gaston manages the day-to-day running of the Chateau Musar winery, while his other son Marc handles its commercial aspects.

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Chateau Musar Rose 2016

Lebanon, Ghazir

Abv 12%, 750ml

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Weight 5 lbs


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