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Chateau Musar Cabernet Carigan Cinsault

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

The wines of Chateau Musar are lauded for their excellence but also because it would have to be one of the more unusual exports out of Lebanon. The estate was created in the 1930s in the cellar of a 17th century castle that overlooks the Mediterranean. The vineyards can be found high up in the Bekaa Valley where they are planted to Bordeaux varieties. This complex blend reveals plum and black fruits and some fruit cake spice, it’s well structured with keen acidity and soft tannins.

Winemaker's Notes

2007 was a good year for the Cinsault which displayed red berry and concentrated cherry fruits, reminiscent of Amarone. As the Cabernet Sauvignon rested in vats, it showed intense coffee bean aromas and ripe fruit, typical of a warmer vintage.

Nearly 7 years on, upon its’ release in the spring of 2014, the wine is showing impressive aromas of blueberries, ripe blackberries, cherries and plum fruitcake. The palate is initially soft and round with primary fruits of blackberry, plum, red cherries and pomegranate with some chocolaty spicy notes in the background. It opens up with mouth filling berry fruit and delicious notes of concentrated dark fruits and molasses. It really begins to impress in the mid palate where it holds its’ intensity and structure effortlessly all the way to the end. The alcohol is well integrated with elegant but youthful tannins – it is a well-balanced wine with good underpinning acidity and a compelling structure.

14% Alc./Vol.

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