Château Musar 2002
Chateau Musar 2002 is deep crimson - even blood red - in colour with an intense and complex nose of spicy red fruits and cedar with deeper plum notes. Generous red and black fruit characters follow through to the palate, combining with notes of Christmas cake spices, figs, dates and stewed plums. This richly-fruited wine shows good acidity, silky tannins and a long, promising finish. This wine is now in very short supply and could well run out in the next couple of months so it makes sense to buy it now.
Region: Bekaa Valley
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan/Mazuelo
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Rich and spicy
Vegetarian: Yes (not certified)
Vegan: Yes (not certified)
Organic: Yes (certified)
Drink With: People assume Lebanese food is the best match for Château Musar, but as the wines age their complexity and perfume better suits less heavily spiced European cuisines or milder cheeses
The wines were racked six months after the harvest and then put into French Nevers oak barrels for one year. The three varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan - which up until then had been kept separate, were blended in the following summer (2004) and bottled in July and August 2005. The grapes of this vintage were characterised by their high levels of sugar, acidity and tannins, and the resulting wines are much bigger, riper and fuller than expected. Overall it was an exceptional year: normally in Lebanon a high sugar content means less acidity, but in 2002 everything was there!