Chateau Musar, Rose, Wine of Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2013
This wine: Lot No. 4.288.01-04, vineyards ~1300m altitude, organic farming, a blend of obaideh (probably a local clone of chardonnay ), merwah (probably a local clone of semillon ) and a small amount of cinsault; ambient yeasts, fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 9 months; bare minimum use of sulphur in the winery, bottled unfined and unfiltered; coated natural cork closure, 12% abv, Hard to Find Wines, £19 (08/17)
Consumer tasting note: faulty. The intriguing nose did not follow through into the mouth, where it became monotone with a modest finish. It is probably in a dumb phase, so try again in a year.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity salmon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of bees-wax, red currant, pine, low-key touch of farmyard, delicate red berries – raspberry-like, and spicy red cherry, low-key oak, a lemon sherbet-like note of freshness, whiff of napthalene, red liquorice.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium (-) body, medium (-) intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of light red cherry jam, and not much else, save for a touch of low-key oak. A medium length with a clean monotone finish and a very low-key grip, with a touch of band-aid on the end.
Quality: faulty. I wonder if this wine is going through a dumb phase, the nose is sound and quite complex, with a touch of brett, but what seemed promising there, did not follow through into the mid-plate, which was a little dilute, or as some say, a little ‘hollow’, and fairly 1-dimensional, being echoed in the modest length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: faulty – but hold for a year, and try again.
- Robinson, J., et al. Wine Grapes. Published by Allen Lane, 2012.