2003 Estate Red, Ch. Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 6x75cl


Ch. Musar was established by Gaston Hochar in 1930. Despite being located 15 miles north of Beirut, they have produced wine every single year bar 1976 and 1984. Quite impressive considering it is frequently in the middle of a war zone!

 The vineyards benefit from an altitude of around 1000 metres. This superb wine is always a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault, all from the estates vineyards around 1000m above sea level.  Serge Hochar, who has been involved with the property since 1959, states that the Cabernet Sauvignon provides "the bones and the skeleton to the wine, the Carignan the flesh and muscle and the Cinsault the silky smooth finesse".

Musar wines are unique in that Hochar blends the varietals only after they have spent three years in barrels and then waits a further four years before releasing the end result. 

2003 Vintage review: Jancis Robinson - 18.5/20

A vintage high in both alcohol and acidity. Rainiest winter in 15 years, then not a drop of rain from April throughout a hot, sunny summer. A heatwave in May during flowering reduced the harvest by 30%. Released in 2010.

Mid garnet. Quite a bit deeper and younger-looking than even the 2001. A little marine influence (oyster shells?) on the somewhat reticent nose. Rather different from many of these Musars. Sweet start and very vigorous and fun. If I had not tasted vintages back to 1961 I might have taken this for a fully mature wine. It already gives masses of pleasure with some milk-chocolate notes and quite a bit of light dry tannin on the end. Excellent drive. Long and dramatically big but with good freshness on the end.

Collections: All, Carignan, Cinsault, Red

Type: Red

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