2003 Chateau Musar BlancBlend from Lebanon
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Seven years in the making, Chateau Musar White is a blend of ancient grape varieties Obaideh and Merwah, indigenous to the mountains of Lebanon and said to be related to Chasse...
- 96 Decanter
"This shows class on the nose: dried apricots, wax, honey, cedar and caramel. The aromas might remind you of a Bordeaux Blanc but it is definitely more similar to old white Rioja on the palate. This is a jewel; a great wine with a deep and multilayered complexity of flavour and a refined mouthfeel; very balanced. My best mark – 96 – was given on the fourth day after opening the bottle. It started to fade only on the seventh day"
Seven years in the making, Chateau Musar White is a blend of ancient grape varieties Obaideh and Merwah, indigenous to the mountains of Lebanon and said to be related to Chasselas Chardonnay and Semillon. The Obaideh vineyards are in the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountains on stony, chalky soils, while the Merwah vines are on the seaward side of Mount Lebanon, on calcareous gravels. Yields are very low for these untrained bushvines: 10 – 20 hl per hectare. At high altitude (around 1400m) they are still on their own roots, among very few vineyards in the world of this calibre.