Each with their unique signature and imprint in the world of wine, since 1930, every aspect of wine production – grape sourcing, fermentation, oak-ageing and bottle maturation – has been trialed to achieve the ultimate expression of Château Musar’s specific ‘terroirs’ – interactions of soil, vine, climate and time.
Château Musar Red In their youth, Chateau Musar Reds are dense and richly-textured, with intense ‘baked fruit’ characters: plums, damsons, cranberries, cherries, figs and dates. Bordeaux grape Cabernet Sauvignon lends black fruit flavours; Rhône grapes Cinsault and Carignan contribute fragrance (violets; pepper) and supple spiciness. Either set of qualities might dominate a particular vintage, but the style is always emphatically Lebanese: enticingly aromatic, with persistent fruit flavours. Over decades the wines acquire tawny hues and mellow notes. Every vintage enjoys a distinct flavour of its own.
Grapes and vines Seven years in the making, Chateau Musar Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Aana and Kefraya on gravelly soils over limestone. Planted from the 1930s onwards, yields are low from these mature bushvines (average age: 40 years): Between 15 to 35hl per hectare.
Winemaking The varietal components in Chateau Musar Red undergo lengthy fermentations in cement vats at temperatures below 30°C. 6 months after the harvest they are transferred into French barrels (oak from the forest of Nevers) for one year.
Blending The varietal components are brought together two years after the harvest; the resulting blend is then placed back in cement tanks before being bottled 12 months later. Each wine is blended to reflect the character of the vintage. After 4 years’ bottle maturation in the deep stone cellars of Chateau Musar, the finished wines are released a full seven years after the harvest.
During your evening out with us, you’ll enjoy several vintages of Château Musar Red together with examples of Musar Jeune, all of which are available from Corks Out – there will be five wines to taste in total.
In one entertaining evening you’ll discover how each vintage is different as well as enjoying the remarkable flavours of these magnificent wines from The Lebanon. As well as our wine selection from Château Musar, we’ll be serving canapés and sharing boards from Taste at Corks Out for you to enjoy with some of your wines for the evening to appreciate how well they pair with different foods.
We look forward to welcoming you to The Tasting Room for an enjoyable evening of fine wines from one of the best regarded wine producers in the world.