Chateau Musar, Rose, Wine of Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, 2014
This wine: lot No. L5.225-01-01-C, vineyards are at ~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 (09/17)
Consumer tasting note: pale orange hued, with aromas of red fruits, dried apple and orange peel, with hints of dried herbs, oak and an edge of toast; medium bodied, with flavours of red berries and citrus peel. Finishes medium-long. Decant for 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity orange, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of dried apple, warm citrus pith, raspberry, an edge of richer red cherry, hints of oak and toast, dried herbs, dried orange peel, bees-wax, ripe grapefruit.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of red cherry, raspberry, dried apple, dried orange peel, merest hint of oak. A medium (+) length with a clean lightly red berried finish with a low-key grip.
Quality: good, well-balanced fresh(ish) acidity with alcohol, suiting the moderate flavour intensity; showing some complexity from time in deftly applied oak and bottle, with oak and toast, and dried fruits with bees-wax respectively, concentration is thin to middling, with a better medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for up to 2 years – a sound structure, and whilst there is some complexity, including a tertiary dimension, and a better than average length, it lacks intensity and concentration.
- Robinson, J., et al. Wine Grapes. Published by Allen Lane, 2012.