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Chateau Musar White 2008 is pale gold with aromas of orange peel, peach blossom, lemon and pear. The palate has notes of stone fruits with orange zest overlaid by roasted almonds – it is very fresh despite its weighty texture. It is all at once; flowers, lemon, spice and honeycomb underpinned with a fresh acidity and very good length. Gloriously complex with a penetrating acidity that comes from old vines.
|When to Drink||Now|
|Grapes||A blend of ancient grape varieties Obaideh and Merwah|
|Pairing||They excel with pâtés (especially foie gras), rillettes, seafood dishes and will match spicy food as the wine has such intense flavours.|
|Volume||75cl (Full Bottle)|
Chateau Musar White is a truly unique white, made from ancient Lebanese varieties Obaideh and Merwah, dating back thousands of years. Reputedly the ancestors of Chardonnay and Semillon, they are among only 6 indigenous grapes still commercially cultivated in Lebanon. The vineyards were planted between 50-90 years ago, at around 1,300 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains on stony, chalky soils, and on the seaward side of Mount Lebanon on calcareous gravels. The vines are still on their own roots and few vineyards of this calibre remain in the world.
This vintage is a blend produced from 2/3rd Obaideh and 1/3rd Merwah and was fermented and aged partly in oak barrels for 9 months and partly in stainless steel vats, with temperatures ranging between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. Obaideh is high in natural grape sugars and low in acidity, yielding wine with a creamy texture and flavours of honey and lemons – Merwah is a light skinned grape variety with light citrus and nut flavours, and blended together they make a distinctive white wine with excellent ageing potential.
The 2008 harvest was quite remarkable – the weather in the first two months was unremarkable though, with snow in January and rain until 23rd February. However no more rain fell for the rest of the spring and the whole of the summer and in July the vineyards started to feel the lack of water and harvesting started unprecedentedly early. Our indigenous varieties which are late harvested in October took their time however and rain a couple of days before we were due to harvest, forced us to postpone picking for a further 12 days. The white grapes were rich and fragrant with floral and lemon notes, far exceeding our expectations.
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