The Musar 2010 vintage was hit by a heat wave in the Bekaa Valley, with the highest ever temperature recorded, 48.5 degrees! The heat inhibited the grapes from developing, they dried on the vine. The Cabernet Sauvignon was affected the most, with 45% lost. This has meant that production was down overall and therefore this release is far more limited then usual. The wine is remarkable, with a deep, rich garnet colour with aromas of raisins, cedar, prunes and cinnamon. The 2010 is a savoury, herby wine with delicate spices and the raisiny, figgy aromas follow through to the palate. This is an elegant vintage with fresh acidity and a long, dry finish.
The wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from the country with an ancient wine making culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon’s high altitude Beka Valley for over 6,000 years.
French in origin, the Hochar family arrived in Lebanon in the 12th century and have remained there ever since.