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2015 Chateau Musar
Small but perfectly formed

It's easy to think of Lebanon as a hot country but when it comes to wine and the Beka'a Valley, this can be misleading. At 900m above sea level, it is considerably cooler than might be imagined. In 2015, one of the most challenging vintages in a generation, Chateau Musar lost much of it's crop to frost. As a result, allocations are half their normal volumes.

Musar can have distinctly different characteristics depending on the vintage but it will always remain one of the most easily identifiable wines in any blind tasting. The 2015 is classically structured and built for the long-haul. Only ever released at a minimum of 6 years old, Musar can be enjoyed straight away but most vintages will benefit from a further decade in the cellar; the 2015 has all the components to last much longer.

2015 Vintage

A good start to the year with plenty of rain and snow, then temperatures rising toward the end of March, however between 10th and 18th April, night-time temperatures fell to between -8°C and -12°C which destroyed buds that had started to open. By early May, we were looking out on hectares of blackened vines and the situation looked catastrophic but, gradually, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, green shoots emerged from the stems of the vines. A humid June and mild July were followed by rising temperatures throughout August and a heatwave into September which resulted in further losses in the vineyards by the time it came to harvest. Cabernet Sauvignon was picked on 3rd September with 65% losses to the crop; Cinsault started on the 8th of September with losses of 70% in the vineyards of Aana and 40% in the vineyards of Kefraya. Finally, Carignan picked on 11th September which was 50% down.

2015 Chateau Musar
An equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan

£168.00 duty & VAT paid

As ever, the Musar nose is pure joy. Beeswax and honey, warm leather, then glace cherry, candied orange peel, pomegranate, and fragrant thyme. This is a much more classic Musar than we’ve seen of late. More reserved and structured; less overtly fruit driven. Nonetheless, there is a succulent core of ripe red fruits, which will carry through as the wine develops over time. It’s impressively concentrated and sanguineous, with abundant extract. This reminds me of the ’98 in its youth; a bold and hefty Musar to stand the test of time. Drinking it now, I’d partner it with a peppered steak or something similarly full-flavoured but ideally, I’d leave it a at least ten years longer in the cellar. 2031-2055+

Simon Quinn, VinQuinn
For a selection of half bottles, bottles and magnums from library vintages, visit the Musar section of our website.

All our Musar wines are sourced directly from the chateau and never on the open market so you can be certain of their impeccable provenance. Vintages from the 1950s-1970s have all been reconditioned by the chateau. These older vintages may be purchased by the case or as individual bottles, making for some great anniversary gifts or vertical tasting opportunities.
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