2012 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Rouge

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Type of Wine Red
Country Lebanon
Region Bekaa-vallei
Winery Château Musar
Vintage 2012
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2020 - 2040
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Chateau Musar is considered one of the most special wine estates in the world. On the one hand this is the location, the Lebanese Bekaa Valley, on the other hand they still use a completely traditional working method. The vineyards are located on siliceous lime-clay soils at an altitude of about 1000 meters. The long, warm summers guarantee excellent ripening of the grapes. Owner Serge Hochar, who in the past was named Winemaker of the Year by the English magazine Decanter Magazine, received his wine training in France.

The red Château Musar derives its character from the large proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives this wine a Bordeaux-like appearance. Maturation for 24 months in oak barrels from Nevers adds the necessary complexity and flavours. Before the wine reaches the market, it matures for at least 3-5 years in the château's cellars, because it is not yet ready to be drunk. The family ultimately decides which vintage is released and when. This means that when it arrives on the market it already has a wonderful taste, ready to enjoy immediately, but according to Musar this wine only gets better with age and has a drinking window of 2030+

The 2012 Musar has a rich aromatic and fruity nose full of mulberries, black cherries and a hint of mocha and has a dark, almost blood-red color in the glass. The Musar is a wine with a strongly mature character, partly due to a hint of volatile acid, rosemary, cedar, leather; the taste is elegant, open and easy, with pleasant cherries, an accessible character, without the hardness of too many tannins. The taste Intense and concentrated palette, full volume characterized by black fruit with an elegant spiciness. Soft and juicy tannins and a long finish. Forms a happy marriage with spicy, southern dishes, beef and lamb from the grill.

Vineyard for 2012 Chateau Musar Bekaa Valley Rouge

Viticulture is not new in Lebanon, in the Beeka Valley. A bronze press wine press was found there (the Phoenicians were active here). The famous Bacchus temple in Baalbek testifies that the Romans already made wine there. The Beeka Valley is ideal for grape cultivation. The valley is about eight kilometers wide and lies between two mountain ranges at about a thousand meters height. The climate is extremely warm. Fortunately, the height ensures a strong night-time cooling. As a result, the fruity aromas are preserved in the grapes. Thanks to snow from the mountains, sufficient water flows in the Valley. The substrate consists of a mixture of loam, boulders and gray limestone. The microclimate is so ideal that the vines usually remain in perfect health. The ongoing war violence in this region is a negative factor. But despite that, people have always continued to make wine. Only in the years 1976 and 1984 no wine was made because of the war. The grapes had to be transported across the line of fire about 100 km to the winery just north of Beirut. After more than a thousand years of alcoholic draining as a result of Islam, the Jesuits started growing wine again in 1857. Gaston Hochar founded the wine company Chateau Musar in 1930. Lebanon was then still under French mandate. He bought his grapes from the Beeka Valley and made a winery and cellar on the western side of the mountain in Lebanon in Ghazir, just north of Beirut. French professors advised him on setting up his wine company.

He sent his son Serge on an internship to Bordeaux (Château Langoa-Barton). It is this Serge Hochar who has made the wines of Château Musar known worldwide. Serge Hochar consciously opts for a blend, in which the firm, sturdy and firm structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon is accompanied by the fruit “of the Rhône” (Carignan and Cinsault). Such a blend hardly occurs elsewhere. He himself says that his wines are made in a very natural way, with natural yeasts, without clarification and without filtering. "They are wines without make-up." The red castle wines are aged for an average of 12 months in French barrels, which are not toasted. This is followed by years of cellar rest. At the end of the second year after harvest, the blend is determined with the sole decision factor being the taste. Each vintage is different and has its own characteristics. The red Château Musar is an extraordinary traditional wine, if not old-fashioned in style. Its color is never really dark and usually brownish, with spices and a mild spiciness in both the aroma and taste. The wine can age very well. Serge Hochar finds them at their best after fifteen years. They are wines with their own style.

More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Lebanon
Region Bekaa-vallei
Winery Château Musar
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2012
Drinking as of 2020
Drinking till 2040
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Parker rating 92
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard
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