Chateau Musar 1999 [I2]
The Hochar family’s philosophy of respect for the environment means that the 180 hectares of Musar vineyards are managed with minimal human interference and all the wines are made naturally. Chateau Musar was the first producer in Lebanon to achieve organic certification for its vineyards in 2006.
The color is a brilliant deep red color. The nose is full of red fruits, mostly cherries and cassis, with flavors of vanilla, oakiness, and some hints of chocolate. This follows through in the taste which is rich, well balanced, mellow with spices in the beginning, very smooth tanins surrounded with mature red fruits, vanilla and chocolate, and a hint of orange in the end. Very long and smooth after taste. Like all Chateau Musar red wines, it is a blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet-Sauvignon with the usual proportions(1/3). Fermented in cement vats with long maceration periods (up to 4 weeks) then aged 1 year in french oak, it was blended at the end of its second year (august 2001) and bottled in Summer 2002. Like Chateau Musar red wines : no additives, low sulphur level, no fining.