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Chateau Musar 1996 Bekaa Valley Lebanon Red Wine 75cl

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Chateau Musar 1996 Red Wine Bekaa Valley, Lebanon produced by world famous wine maker, Gaston Hochar, in Lebanon's high altitude Bekaa Valley.  The Chateau Musar estate is steeped in history with wines being made in this area for over 6,00 years. Musar's vineyards are located near the villages of Anan and Kefraya on a wide range of soils types suited to the three grape varieties. 

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Pairs well with…

  • Black Pepper
  • Brie
  • Cured Meat
  • Herbs
  • Lamb
  • Red Meat

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"Chateau Musar makes every effort to produce its wines naturally, letting each develop its own character, and the grape composition varies from year to year. This red has an interesting nose, combining gamey, farmyardy and leathery aromas. Lovely texture on the palate, round and lots of lively fruit, good length" – Decanter Magazine, June 2002

"Fine mature garnet red, quite diffuse at the rim but no browning. Lovely florality on the nose for a wine of this age, with lifted freshness thanks to the Cinsault. Fine clarity of red fruits on the palate that hint of claret, and a natural warmth that looks to the Southern Rhône. But above all this is Musar: gamey, freshly leathered, ready in it’s half-bottle state for several more appearances on stage" – Steven Spurrier, September 2019
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault
The weather patterns during the year of 1996 were fairly normal. The rainy and cold winter was followed by a mild spring with good flowering. The summer was fresh and moderate, if not cooler than previous years. The combination of the colder, wetter weather delayed the maturity of the grapes and in fact almost stopped it. The crop this year was quite large, but because the wines were not powerful and concentrated, it was decided to reduce the production of the 'Chateau' wine in 1996. This was a conscious decision to produce a wine of finesse and elegance and one which completely expressed the classic nature of the vintage.
Delicate, pale garnet colour with a bouquet of soft red fruits, sweet spice and a savoury, truffle scent. Refreshing acidity throughout with hints of, cranberries, vanilla and cedar.
Would make an excellent partner for game stews or roasts, mushroom, squash and root vegetable dishes.
More Information
Wine Brand Chateau Musar
Country Lebanon
Volume (cl) 75
ABV (% vol) 13
Wine Style Medium bodied
Red Wine Expression Cherry, Elegant, Fragrant, Herbaceous, Oaked, Spicy
Wine Region Bekaa Valley
Closure Cork
Gift boxed No
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