The Chateau Musar Rosé is a blend of barrel fermented white Obaideh and Merwah (indigenous white grapes of Lebanon dating back to 4,000 BC) with a small amount of red Cinsault. This technique is typical in ‘blended’ Rosé Champagnes that Serge Hochar enjoys, this is a softly oaked unsparkling tribute. Production of the Chateau Musar Rosé is very limited and not declared every vintage. The 2016 was the first vintage since 2014.
The 2016 has a very pale salmon colour which belies the complex aromas and flavours within; hints of spice, rosewater, citrus and a little red fruit lead to flavours of quince, almond and subtle vanilla from the oak ageing. The wine has a textural weight and body which finishes with a saline
minerality. The freshness and youth in this 2016 vintage lends a vibrant acidity to balance the unexpected richness and complexity of the wine, though both will develop with time and integrate seamlessly with the oak element and enhancing the experience. An ideal aperitif wine, though also suited to seafood, charcuterie and washed-rind cheeses.
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