2007 Chateau Musar Blanc, Lebanon, Bekaa Valley

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“This Chardonnay, Viognier and Vermentino blend from Lebanon starts with aromas of candied allspice, flowers and toast. On the palate, the wine offers soft, subtle flavors of spice, flowers and vanilla. Unusual but approachable—pair with poultry, cheeses.” – Susan Kostrzewa, Wine Mag

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Chardonnay

As one of the most popular grapes for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. While Chardonnay can flourish in many environments, in its homeland of Burgundy it can produce some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. Whereas from California it can produce both oaky, buttery styles as well as leaner, European-inspired wines. A Somm secret: the Burguny subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style with high levels of acidity. Most people who do not like oaky/buttery Chardonnay may likely enjoy Chablis.

Notable regions for this grape include Burgundy (and Chablis) in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia.

When pairing with meals, consider the characteristics, flavors, and acidity of your food first. You always want to try to match the same characteristics and intensities with your wine. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.

Vermentino

Vermentino, often associated with Corsica or Sardinia in Italy, offers both light white and rosé styles of wine. What most people don’t know is it’s actually a secret ingredient in many Provence Rosé wines! Whether oaked or un-oaked, Vermentino wines tend to be big, herbal, and ripe-fruit flavored with genuine interest. Well-deserving of more attention, this varietal is producing table wines of real character.

In 1930, at just 20 years old, Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, inspired by Lebanon’s 6,000-year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux. His ‘wines with noblesse’ greatly impressed senior officers in the army following on from the French mandate of the 1920s. Major Ronald Barton, of Château Langoa-Barton, stationed in Lebanon during World War II became a great friend, strengthening the links between Chateau Musar and Bordeaux that remain to this day.

The wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient wine-making culture as vines have been cultivates from Lebanon’s high altitude Bekaa Valley for over 6,000 years. Every wine of Chateau Musar is produced naturally with a non-interventionist winemaking philosophy and the winery was the first in Lebanon to implement organically certified viticulture in 2006 for its Chateau Musar Red and white grapes.

At 34 degrees North of the equator, the centre of the Bekaa Valley is further south than part of Spain or Italy and as such gets its fair share of sunshine during the summer months. The Musar vineyards are blessed in two ways: they are situated at the relatively high altitudes and have just the kind of calcareous, gravel and stone soils the encourage the production of high quality grapes.

 

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