88 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Notes of ripe red berries and plums permeate the nose and palate of this bold, concentrated blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a rich texture, and it offers a flurry of soft tannins and hints of spice and graham cracker that linger on the finish.
Region: Bekaa Valley , Lebanon
Terroir: The vineyards of Chateau Musar are located in the Bekaa Valley and in Mount Barouk, around Kefraya and Aana, which is about a two-hour drive from the winery in Ghazir, just north of Beirut. The Bekaa Valley receives an average of 300 days of sunshine annually, and 1,000–2,000mm (39–78 inches) of rain per year. The Bekaa has a Mediterranean climate and an altitude of more than 900 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level. The soil is predominately gravelly with a limestone base. The white vines are 100–150 years old, and are located at 1,200 meters (4,000 feet) above sea level.
Annual Production: 58,000 cases (all wines)/696,000 bottles
Varieties Cultivated: Red: Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah & Grenache. White: Obaideh (a native of Chardonnay) and Merwah (a native variant of Semillion), Chardonnay, Viognier & Vermentino.