“I have been following this Gouguenheim cuvée for a few years and it is one of the few Argentinean Malbecs which I feel is truly in balance – the fruit, oak and tannin are all superbly assimilated. However, this 2011 vintage is in a league of its own. The vineyards are incredibly high altitude, over a kilometre above sea level, and this situation lends this wine a coolness and calmness which is evident in every sip. Owned by Patricio Gouguenheim, who was a successful Wall Street financier, the property is called Valle Escondido (Hidden Valley) and this cuvée is named after an indigenous flower which rather echoes the beauty and colour of this wine. The wonderful perfume and deep purple hue is enhanced by generous oak which augments the flavours rather than drying them out, as is so often the case in this part of the world. This is as sumptuous and decadent as a wine five times the price.”
This near legendary Lebanese estate was founded by Gaston Hochar in 1930 in a region with a 6,000 year old wine- producing history started by the Phoenicians. Musar cellars well.
The harvest of 2011 posed one of the most challenging experiences in wine-making at Château Musar over the last 20 years, as it was one of the most untypical years in Lebanese history. The year began with a cold January but with insufficient rain. February proved similar with March being sunnier but April and May produced the really big surprise with a level of rainfall to match January, February and March combined! The main result of the rain was late maturation, with flowering occurring 25 days later than usual and this delay continued over the maturation period and up to the harvesting day. Our first Carignan was harvested on 22nd September and then on the 23rd it rained for three days with the Carignan and Cinsault not yet harvested. The Carignan resisted the rain but the Cinsaut was more affected. The harvest was finally completed on 13th October, which with the exception of our 1983 vintage, was the latest in the company’s history.
Released in the spring of 2018, the Château Musar 2011 is a dark blood red colour with a rich, fragrant nose; mulberries, black cherries, plums with a hint of mocha. The palate is very intense and concentrated, it’s full of volume and characteriesed by forest and black fruits with elegant spice. The tannins are soft and juicy and it has a lengthy finish.
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