The chateau Musar White 1975 is made with the grapes from Merwah vines only – an ancient varietal indigenous to Lebanon and grown around 1200-1400 metres above sea level on the slopes of Mount Lebanon. The vines are ungrafted so remain on their original rootstocks.
A golden amber colour with a resemblance to falling leaves in winter.
A smell of honey, beeswax and smokiness with matured white prunes and pears, and notes of caramel and toffee.
The palate is round and mellow with dominance of honey and caramel, toasted bread, matured plums and white prunes, with a citrus acidity on the finish.
Deep orangey gold; looks like a late harvest wine in colour. Nose; wow! Incredibly intense, concentrated, dry, very deep and austere: a combination of leather saddles, barnyard and old mahogany musky characters with mouthwatering citrus orange acidity. Astonishing complexity and intensity on the palate, with a syrupy texture. Massive, deep powerful, concentrated and long. Delicious flavours keep changing like a kaleidoscope in this mouthfilling but elegant, sophisticated wine. On day two it developed aromas of sweet Australian ‘Tokay’ and bite of cognac-like alcohol – Bartholomew Broadbent, October 2019
The wine is delicious from the first moment of opening, boasting exotic spices, honey, orange peel and curry aromas and a luscious sensual texture on the palate. Then, day after day over the course of a week, it developed lanolin smoothness and the unmistakable notes of very old amontillado Sherry, with a delicate balance and amazing freshness. The finish was more reminiscent of old Cognac, though Cognac could never have this finesse and complexity. Later on, exciting saline and boletus mushroom notes appeared. Each day something new emerged from this wine, building on the increasingly complex structure of the days before. I decided to give it 99 points at its peak – five days after opening the bottle – Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, Decanter Magazine Producer Profile: Chateau Musar, July 2020
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