2000 Chateau Musar Rouge, Bekaa Valley
2000 Chateau Musar Rouge, Bekaa Valley
"The 2000 Ch. Musar had us both purring with pleasure. With soft, ripe, fresh, sweet fruit think redcurrants and cherries and hints of orange peel, its in stunning form. Mike became quite misty-eyed as he surveyed his glass, instantly transported back to his homeland. Oh goodness, he said. This is what Musar is all about, its absolutely singing! I second that."
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine
iconic. Every vintage is seven years in the making: blended and bottled three years after harvest, then aged for another four before it's officially made available. Although already unique upon release, it will continue to gain remarkable complexity and concentration with further ageing.
After seven years, the Grand Vin is already transformed but after twenty, its rewards can be exceptional. Chateau Musar's 2000 vintage is potentially the best Musar I have ever tried. For me, it is now at the pinnacle of maturity, having developed wonderfully aged aromas that make for an incredibly flavoured drinking experience. From the moment you pop the cork, aromas transport you away with the exotic flavours off the Middle East - dried sweet fruits, dates, sultanas and currents, all perfumed with sweet cinnamon spice. The longer this 2000 vintage sits in your glass, the more intense these aromas become, with light notes of cigar box oak, aged leather, rose petals and cocoa that make me think of Turkish delight.
There is no ignoring a wine like this and there is absolutely nothing like it from anywhere else. A cuvée as unique as its country of birth. The legend of Chateau Musar began back in 1930 with the vision of Gaston Hochar that was inspired by his travels to Bordeaux. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carignan and cinsault, here are Bordeaux and Rhône varietals which Musar combine for a brilliant wine that may have France in the background but very much Lebanon at its heart. So, if youre a fan of Musar, this is simply a must-have vintage. and if youve never tried it, hold on to your hats - its a belter.
- Robin James, Head of Customer Experience, Mr.Wheeler.
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