The Musar white wine comes from a varying blend of Obaideh – the ancestor, according to Serge, of Chardonnay and Merwah which resembles Semillon. Merwah was the grape used in the wine mentioned in the Bible, shipped from Byblos to the Egyptians some 4000 years BC. The vines are on original rootstocks and are grown in at 1200-1400 metres in altitude.
Perfect conditions in 1997 allowed the grapes to mature slowly at a pace rarely achieved, with harvest finishing the 21st October.
The juice is fermented and aged in French oak for six months before blending and bottling, only being released for sale after a year or two ageing in the cellars, allowing time for the ripe, honeyed flavours to evolve, whilst retaining a full-bodied dry finish.
A bright golden straw colour with a nose of almonds, cashew nuts, vanilla, hot buttery toast and honey. The alcohol belies the concentration and power on the palate; rich, warm and toasty honeyed flavours merge with fragrant herbs and spiced apples which result in a complex dry wine with a long and lingering finish.