Elegant salmon pink in colour, this fragrant rose has aromas of strawberries, almonds, wild herbs and hints of rosewater. Smooth and well-balanced, with rich red fruit flavours - strawberries, apricots, peaches and white prunes, it Finishes on fresh yet lingering citrusy notes.
|Varietal(s)||Obaideh 55～65％、Merwah 30～40％、Cinsault5％|
Planted between 1920-1947 in the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains near Ain Arab on stony, chalky soils, and on the seaward side of Mount Lebanon in Baqaata, on calcareous gravels. The vines remain phylloxera-free and are still on their own roots. Few vineyards of this calibre and history remain in the world.
The wines are fermented and aged for 9 months in French (Nevers) oak barrels and bottled the following year.
In 1930, Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, inspired by Lebanon's 6,000 year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux.
The wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient wine-making culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon’s high altitude for over 6,000 years. From around 4,500 BC, the sea-faring Phoenicians (ancestors of the modern Lebanese) distributed their wines and vines throughout the Mediterranean, travelling as far as Cadiz (and possibly beyond) in their robust cedar boats.
The grapes used to make Chateau Musar Red are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan from long established, mature vines yielding a maximum of 30 to 35 hectolitres per hectare. The ancient and indigenous white grapes of Obaideh and Merwah, which prefer slightly cooler conditions to the reds, are grown in vineyards at even higher altitudes on the mountain slopes, some 1,500 metres above sea level.
Every wine of Chateau Musar is produced naturally with a ‘non-interventionist’ wine making philosophy and the winery was the first in Lebanon to implement organically certified viticulture. Having declared to his father about wanting to make his own wine, Serge Hochar became Chateau Musar winemaker in 1959, and spent 18 years perfecting the 'formula' for Chateau Musar's Red and was chosen as Decanter Magazine's first 'Man of the Year' in 1984 for his dedication to producing superb quality wines during Lebanon's Civil War (1975-1990).