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Chateau Musar, Red Chateau Musar, Red Chateau Musar, Red Chateau Musar, Red Chateau Musar, Red Chateau Musar, Red No Reserve


1x bottle of the flagship wine of Chateau Musar - a winery with a fascinating history and enjoying cult following worldwide.
This vintage appears to be currently unavailable in the UK

'2001 was a most unusual year – although it began normally with some quite
rainy and cold days, by mid February the climate changed to much warmer
weather with almost no rain or snow at all. From March until August there was
only 23mm of precipitation – therefore the total for the year was dramatically less
than normal and the water table was significantly lowered. After a regular
flowering in the spring, July and August were exceptionally hot. This was the
fourth year in a row of very little rainfall causing the vines to tire. Cinsault
vines were the most affected, especially those grown on limestone soils. The
Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan grapes, with their thicker, firmer skins were
more protected from the sun and showed excellent concentration. The Cinsault
was still fragrant and fruity but lost some of its colour; the Cabernet Sauvignon
and Carignan were, however, rich, powerful and fruity with smoky, leathery
aromas and deep violet colour.
The harvest began on the 3rd September – one of the earliest start dates on record.
The overall crop was reduced by 15% but the grapes were healthy and ripe, not
overly tannic or acidic. Fermentation progressed steadily and the malolactic
followed easily and naturally as it did in 2000.
This vintage is marked by the domination of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the
Carignan over the Cinsault. The wine was fermented in cement vats, aged in
French Nevers oak barrels for one year and bottled in the summer of 2004.
Scarlet in colour with terracotta tones at the rim, it has a complex nose of cigar
box spice, warm leather, baked fruits, ripe morello cherries and blackcurrants.
The palate has intense flavours of red cherries, dark chocolate, olives, figs and
velvet smooth tannins on the very long finish'

'The 2001 CHATEAU MUSAR, bottled in 2004, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, aged for one year in French oak. Nuanced by cherries and spice, it is quite delicious. Which wine you like better of this lineup—the 01 or 00, or even the 02 Hochar, is a matter of taste, perhaps, more than any inherent quality issue, as the styles are rather different. The ’00 is the powerhouse bruiser, the most rustic, while the Hochar is the approachable, easier wine. This is the one in the middle, arguably the best balance of fruit and power. On the downside, this is as gamey and funky as the 2000, but the balance is different, the wine seeming fruitier and fleshier, not quite as austere. Depending on your taste, you may find that a good thing, or prefer the more powerful and intellectual 2000. This is still powerful, I hasten to add, with drying notes on the finish, but the fruitiness melds beautifully with the barnyard notes, and it is nicely supported by the tannin rather than overwhelmed. As with the 2000, this should age well, although the 2000 should age longer, and this will be a wine some will love, and some will find has too much barnyard. Personally, I enjoyed it a lot, and was just imagining how it would work with venison.'

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Chateau Musar, Red, 2001

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Lebanon, Bekaa Valley

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