Chateau Musar Red 2012
Has all the Musar hallmarks of rich, ripe, savoury fruit backed by an underlying sweetness and softness - Jonny Ray, The Spectator.
Hochar's cult wine made from Cabernet and Cinsault needs little introduction. Chateau Musar Red 2012 has a dark burgundy colour, a nose of matured stone fruits, plums and figs with liquorice and spicy notes. It has big developed ripe fruit on the nose and a bold taste profile of juicy, black fruits plus mocha and leather and a beautiful lingering finish.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered, Chateau Musar Reds are suitable for vegans and require careful decanting. Allow to breathe for several hours and serve with roasted or grilled meat (especially lamb), casseroles, game and mature cheeses.
Without doubt, Chateau Musar is Lebanon’s top wine estate. Established by Gaston Hochar in the 1930s, Chateau Musar has been praised the world over and its wines compared to the likes of fine Bordeaux and Burgundy for their finesse and ability to age. Made world famous by Gaston's son, Serge (Decanter magazine's first 'Man of the Year'), the family continue to make fantastic wines.
"2012 was an interesting year of contrasts as January and February were extremely cold and snowy, April proved fresh and rainy giving a boost for the opening of the buds. In early May, all the vineyards were astonishingly green with many small buds. June was very hot indeed but the vines withstood this and flowering occurred with such success that we were expecting a big harvest this year. A very hot July followed with 10 days of heat wave with temperatures of 39°C and 40°C – this caused the vines to tire and green leaves turned pale, even yellow in some places, almost as if October was early and causing the harvest to be much smaller than we had initially hoped." Chateau Musar.