As usual, the Chateau Musar white 2001 was produced from a blend of two grapes indigenous to Lebanon: Obaideh and Merwah, ancient varieties dating back thousands of years. Grown high in the mountains of Lebanon, the vines were less affected by the intense heat of the summer than the red grapes on the Bekaa Valley plain. The grapes, harvested at the usual time in mid October, were very ripe with good fruit concentration and fairly low acidity and tannins.
The White 2001 was fermented in French Nevers oak barrels for nine months, blended and bottled at the end of its first year and released six years later in 2008. This vintage will have extraordinary ageing potential.
Wholly unique, the style has been described as resembling ‘dry Sauternes’ or mature white Graves. Chateau Musar Whites develop tawny hues and mellow spicy characters as they age. The cellars at Ghazir hold bottles of this wine dating as far back as 1954.
Concentrated and complex, Chateau Musar Whites show at their best after several hours’ ‘breathing time’, and should be served ‘cellar cool’ at around 15°C.
Region: Bekka Valley
Grape(s): Obaideh, Merwah (Similar to Chardonnay and Semilion)