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Château Musar 2011


Chateau Musar 2011 was released in the spring of 2018. It is a deep rich garnet colour with aromas of raisins, cedar, prunes and cinnamon. The 2011 is a savoury, herby wine with delicate spices and the raisin and fig aromas follow through to the palate. This is an excellent vintage with fresh acidity and a long dry finish.

Country: Lebanon
Region: Bekaa Valley
Vintage: 2011
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan
ABV: 14%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Rich and spicy
Vegetarian: Yes (not certified)
Vegan: Yes (not certified)
Organic: Yes (certified)
Drink With: Cocoa dusted loin of venison

2011 was a year to remeber in Lebanese wine making history. Even from January it was obvious that this year would be lacking in water as snow fell only once on 17th January and rainfall stopped on 23rd February. March was so hot that the vines began to blossom in early April and in May and June the vines were so vigorous and green that they thought they would have the biggest harvest ever.

However in mid-July things began to change and temperatures rose dramatically and a heat wave hit Lebanon which lasted for 23 days with average daily temperatures of 40 C which dramatically reduced the crops by 45% which means the 2011 vintage will be sold on an allocation basis due to the small quantity produced
The Château Musar of 2011 is the traditional blend of approximately one third each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. The blending took place 1 year later in 2012 and the wines spent a year in French Nevers oak barrels. The Cabernet Sauvignon in particular flourished this year, from flowering to dominating the final structure and flavour of the wine.

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