The harvest of 2011 posed one of the most challenging experiences in wine-making at Chateau Musar over the last 20 years, as it had some of the most atypical weather we can ever recall.The year began with a cold, dry January and February, some sun in March – then in April and May, we had more rain than we had in January, February and March combined! The main result of the rain was very late maturation, with flowering occurring 25 days later than usual and this delay continued over the maturation period and up to the harvesting day. Harvest began on 22nd September and then on the 23rd it rained for three days with the Carignan and Cinsault still on the vine. The Carignan resisted the rain but the Cinsault was more affected. The harvest was finally completed on the 13th October, which with the exception of our 1983 vintage, was the latest in our estate’s history.
The 2011 vintage is our traditional blend of approximately 1/3 each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Carignan. The bottling took place 3 years later in 2014, after the wines spent a year in French Nevers oak barrels, after which they have aged in bottle until now when we decided they were ready to be released.
This year, the wine is a dark blood-red colour with a rich, fragrant nose with notes of mulberries, black cherries and plums, with a hint of mocha. The palate is very intense and concentrated, with great dimension, and it is characterised by forest flavors and black fruits with elegant spice. The tannins are soft and juicy, with a lengthy finish. 2011 is a vibrantly powerful vintage and cellared well it will keep for decades.