Chateau Musar, White, Wine of Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2007
This wine: lot no. L.8.273-01-02, vineyards ~1400m altitude, organic farming, a blend of obaideh (probably a local clone of chardonnay ) and merwah (probably a local clone of semillon ), fermented in Nevers oak for 9 months, blended and bottled at the end of its first year, and released after 7; coated natural cork closure, 12% abv, Hard to Find Wines, £20.50 (09/17)
Consumer tasting note: rich aromas of honeyed-buttery-edged lime, almond and bruised cooking apple – nuances of a fino sherry, but not so dry; medium bodied, fresh-seeming, with similar flavours of honeyed bruised and baked apple, almond oil, along with dried citrus. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of honeyed-buttery-edged lime, bees-wax, touch of smoke, an oxidative hint of almond, along with bruised cooking apple.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture and a low-key grip, with flavours of almond, honeyed bruised apple, touch of baked apple, almond oil, lime, an edge of dried citrus. A medium (+) length of almond and lightly bruised apple with a very light grip.
Quality: good, well-balanced acidity with alcohol, harmonious overall; decent intensity throughout, concentration too; fully developed, showing some complexity, with a sensory profile of oxidative ageing in wood, with a grip and almond/bruised apple notes, and of time in bottle, with a rich honeyed edge; finishes medium-long as expected.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – balanced, fully developed, with nowhere to go, but will keep for a year.
- Robinson, J., et al. Wine Grapes. Published by Allen Lane, 2012.