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Chateau Musar Red 2014

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Description

Chateau Musar Red 2014

Chateau Musar Red has a deep ruby colour. The nose opens as sweet cherry, plum and dried fruit with an undercurrent of subtle tobacco spice. Soft, round mouthfeel with velvety tannins on the full-bodied palate. Full of concentrated dark plum, red cherry, raisin and strawberry fruit flavours that are supported by layers of caramel and mocha. These sweet spices endure long into the finish.

An equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. From certified organic vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Aana and Kefraya. The vineyards have an altitude of over 1,000 metres and gravelly soils over limestone. Planted from the 1930s onwards, yields are low from these mature bushvines that have an average age of 40 years.

Separate fermentation of each varietal in concrete vats with natural yeasts. The wines age for 12 months in French oak barrels before blending in January 2017. Bottling without fining or filtering in July and August 2017. After 4 years of bottle maturation in the deep stone cellars of Chateau Musar, the finished wines are released a full 7 years after the harvest.


 Ageing potential: Drink now or let it age, because it will only get better with time.

 

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

  - 92 POINTS

22.png (2021) First a caveat that this was only a sample of Musar, delivered to me in a miniaturised bag-in-box type format, which I did not have a chance to open for a few days after it arrived, so notes and scores taken with that caveat please. It's a remarkably dense and deep young Musar, depth of colour with immediately plummy and smooth aromas, a little cherry lift coming through as well as some smoky, tobacco spice. In the mouth the sheer abundance of fruit is almost shocking: masses of ripe berries and plum again, the underpinning of the creamy and cedary oak, smooth, chocolate-dense tannins and very nice, pert acidity. This is a particularly generous and full Musar vintage, and could well be worth more than my modest 92 point score, which I will update when I have a chance to taste from a freshly opened bottle.