Chateau Musar White Blend Blanc 2009

Member Review by happyrobot:

We drank this in 2011. The color of this wine is deep and a beautiful gold. The nose is crazy complex and a bit of a head scratcher. There's a bit of oxidation (but way less than I expected) and baked apples and a little nuttiness. What is puzzling is an almost menthol note on the nose that cuts right through the richness. Puzzling. On the palate it's wonderfully balanced with fruit notes, crisp acidity, and a rich mouthfeel. It's all very contradictory. You have the same baked apples and white nuttiness, rich body but with a crisp finish.

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Chateau Musar:
Created in 1930 in the cellar of an old 17th century castle, Château Musar is as much the work of a family as the living testimony of all the civilisations that have tread its soil. After a long stay in France, Gaston Hochar returned to Lebanon and created Château Musar in the cellars of the old 'Mzar' castle in Ghazir, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. What began as a h... Read more
Created in 1930 in the cellar of an old 17th century castle, Château Musar is as much the work of a family as the living testimony of all the civilisations that have tread its soil. After a long stay in France, Gaston Hochar returned to Lebanon and created Château Musar in the cellars of the old 'Mzar' castle in Ghazir, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. What began as a hobby soon became a passion; a passion inspired by an initial encounter with renowned viticulturist Ronald Barton while he was stationed in Lebanon during the Second World War. The family's love for wine grew and in 1959, after completing his oenology diploma in Bordeaux, the eldest son, Serge, entered the business. Some call him the magician, the man behind this extraordinary wine. His response is that he only seeks is to translate what nature intended. Serge's younger brother Ronald, named after the late Barton, took over Château Musar's marketing and finance departments in 1962. Read less
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Vintage: 2001 04/04/2011

We drank this in 2011. The color of this wine is deep and a beautiful gold. The nose is crazy complex and a bit of a head scratcher. There's a bit of oxidation (but way less than I expected) and baked apples and a little nuttiness. What is puzzling is an almost menthol note on the nose that cuts right through the richness. Puzzling. On the palate it's wonderfully balanced with fruit notes, crisp acidity, and a rich mouthfeel. It's all very contradictory. You have the same baked apples and white nuttiness, rich body but with a crisp finish.


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Vintage: 2007 04/29/2010

Made from old vines (60 years average) Obaideh - an indigenous white grape variety that's related to Chardonnay. This is grown in a very mountainous terrain, facing the sea at 3,500 feet above sea level. Very floral with pine and yellow plums on the palate. Reminiscent of French Roussanne.


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Vintage: 2004 07/11/2007

Made from old vines (60 years average) Obaideh - an indigenous white grape variety that's related to Chardonnay. This is grown in a very mountainous terrain, facing the sea at 3,500 feet above sea level. Very floral with pine and yellow plums on the palate. Reminiscent of French Roussanne.


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Vintage: 2001 07/09/2010

From old vine Obaideh, Ch. Musar once again releases a wine of intrigue and beauty; with apricot and almond nose and honey on the palate, this white only needs a slight chill before serving.


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Vintage: 2000 11/21/2009

Château Musar's Blanc is every bit as interesting as their rouge. This is a delightful, dry white wine made from old vines of the Obaideh. The aromas are intriguing with spice, yellow plums and nuts.


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Vintage: 1993 05/21/2011

The slightly oxidised character of Hochar’s white wines may intimidate some, as well the indigenous, unfamiliar sounding grape varietals. For the lover of the obscure, it is a delight. The grapes must travel 30 miles from the vineyard to the winery, which contributes to the unique qualities of these whites. Merwah is like semillion, golden color and spicy, waxy profile. Obediah is thought to be an ancestor of Chardonnay and lends acidity to the mix. Impeccably kept, we are lucky to have these. The 1993, a medium light gold, with aromas of shy mirabelle plums. Just lovely now - still crisp and lively, with flavors of preserved lemons and pineapples, this is best for an elevated feast of Moroccan cuisine - couscous or tagines.




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