Grape varieties: Obaideh 57%, Merwah 40%, Cinsault 3%
Chateau Musar Rosé is a still and softly-oaked tribute to the "blended" rosés of Champagne, a style much enjoyed by Serge Hochar. It is not made every year as specific grape qualities are required to ensure the varieties combine in elegant form.The main components are the ancient grapes of Obaideh (57%) and Merwah (40%), indigenous to the mountains of Lebanon. Planted between 1920 and 1947 the Obaideh vineyards are in the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountains on stony, chalky soils, while the Merwah vines are on the seaward side of Mount Lebanon on calcareous gravels. Yields are very low for these untrained bush vines, which are own-rooted and planted at altitudes of around 1400m. 3% of Cinsault gives the wine its subtle colour.
Fermented and aged for 6 to 9 months in French oak barrels from the forest of Nevers, the wines are bottled a year after the harvest and released after two years.
Tasting Notes: The freshness and youth of the 2017 vintage lends vibrant acidity to balance the unexpected richness and complexity of the wine. The 2017 has a very pale salmon colour which belies the complex aromas and flavours within: hints of spice, rosewater, citrus and a little red fruit lead to flavours of quince, almond and subtle vanilla. The wine has a textural weight and body which finishes with a saline minerality, and aging will develop and integrate the flavors even further.