Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2005.
Cabernet sauvignon, cinsault and carignan, 14% abv, natural cork closure, available from the Wine Society, Ann et Vin and others £20-25
These wines are released 7 years after vintage. They benefit from further ageing to 10 or 15 years after vintage. Decant for an hour plus, in a large jug at room temperature.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, medium intensity ruby, showing distinct tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, pronounced intensity, developing, with a typical opening note of volatile acidity – a hint of nail varnish, then dried currants, warm prunes, stewed black plum and black cherry, and blackberry.
Palate – a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, smooth textured medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, full-bodied, medium (+) intensity, with flavours of stewed black fruit, VA, prune, black olive and a savoury note, with a long length.
Quality – these wines have an interesting character. Harmonious with a balance between acidity and alcohol, which are in balance with the intensity of flavour, which is quite concentrated with a developing complexity towards a tertiary character. A long length with a clean with a clean blackberry-like finish.