Chateau Musar White

Chateau Musar White

A guide to the style
In their youth: yellow-gold, subtly oaky, and creamy-textured, rich yet dry and intensely citrusy, with honeyed nuances. Wholly unique, the style has been described as resembling ‘dry Sauternes’ or mature white Graves. Chateau Musar Whites develop tawny hues and mellow spicy characters as they age. The cellars at Ghazir holds bottles of this wine dating as far back as 1954.

Grapes and vines
Seven years in the making, Chateau Musar White is a blend of ancient grape varieties Obaideh and Merwah, indigenous to the mountains of Lebanon and said to be related to Chasselas Chardonnay and Semillon. The Obaideh vineyards are in the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountains on stony, chalky soils, while the Merwah vines are on the seaward side of Mount Lebanon, on calcareous gravels. Yields are very low for these untrained bushvines: 10 – 20 hl per hectare. At high altitude (around 1400m) they are still on their own roots, among very few vineyards in the world of this calibre.

Winemaking
Chateau Musar White is fermented in French oak barriques (from the forest of Nevers) for 9 months, bottled and blended at the end of its first year and released seven years after the harvest.

Storage
To keep the wines showing at their best, bottles must be cellared in darkness, lying on their sides and not subjected to unnecessary movement or fluctuations in temperature.

Opening
For vintages beyond 15 years of age, we recommend the use of prongs. A tutorial is available on our YouTube page A Guide to Wine Openers

Decanting and serving
Concentrated and complex, Chateau Musar Whites show at their best after several hours’ ‘breathing time’, and should be served ‘cellar cool’ at around 15°C. They excel with pâtés (especially foie gras), rillettes, seafood dishes and will match spicy food as the wine has such intense flavours.

“Musar’s whites and rosés are less well-known. More’s the pity: both are unusual and superb.” – ANDREW JEFFORD, ‘DECANTER’, JANUARY 2004.

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Chateau Musar White

Chateau Musar White

风格介绍

在葡萄酒年轻的时候:金黄色,轻微的桶陈,酒体圆润饱满,干型,透着浓郁的柑橘香气以及蜂蜜的甜美。这独特的风格,被誉为是“干型苏玳”或者陈年的格拉夫干白。随着陈年,睦纱白葡萄酒会发展出茶色的光晕和以及明显的香料风味。在Ghazir的酒窖里仍保留着1954年的同款干白。

葡萄和葡萄藤

在酿造葡萄酒的七年中,睦纱白葡萄酒采用了黎巴嫩山上的本土品中Obaideh和Merwah,据说跟夏丝拉,莎当妮和赛美蓉有亲属关系。Obaideh葡萄园位于前黎巴嫩山脉的山脚下,是砾石和石灰质土壤,而Merwah葡萄园则在黎巴嫩山脉的朝海的那面,碎石钙质土壤。这些没有修剪的灌木葡萄藤产量非常低:每公顷10-20公升。在高海拔葡萄园(1400米左右)他们依然坚持使用葡萄藤原本的根茎,这在世界上很少有葡萄园能达到这个水准。

葡萄酒的酿造

睦纱酒庄白葡萄酒在法国橡木桶中发酵(来自讷韦尔森林的橡木)9个月,一年后进行调配并装瓶,七年之后上市。

醒酒和侍酒

睦纱白葡萄酒复杂且香味集中,在开瓶之后几个小时与空气充分接触后,才是她状态最佳的时候,饮用温度应该大约15,跟酒窖温度一样。该葡萄酒和肉饼(特别是鹅肝酱),熟肉酱,海鲜类的菜很搭,同时也和辣味的食物搭配,因为这个酒香味非常浓郁。

储存

为了使葡萄酒保持最佳状态,酒瓶必须平躺着存放在黑暗的酒窖之中,恒温并减少不必要的移动。

睦纱酒庄的白葡萄酒和桃红葡萄酒很少有人知道。也更令人惋惜:因为他们都非同寻常而且口感出众-ANDREW JEFFORD,

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