Château Musar Jeune Red 2016 75cl 14% ABV

£12.95

Musar Jeune Red is an unoaked blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from youthful Bekaa Valley vines. Meant for current consumption – within a few years of the harvest – this deeply-coloured, vividly fruity style, first produced in 2007, may yet prove to be a ‘keeper’. Inky-dark, silky-textured and aromatic, with blackcurrant, raspberry and cherry jam flavours and a warm, spicy finish, it has been likened to a fine Roussillon red.

The Syrah was particularly impressive in 2016 – it was surprisingly big, powerful and masculine and for us, a new perspective on this grape which was planted in 2001. Cinsault was elegant and silky with an explosion of aromas reminding us that this grape is actually a Lebanese Pinot!

The 2016 harvest showed, without doubt, that global warming is causing higher annual temperatures and at the same time, successive years of low rainfall have resulted in drier soils. The Musar Jeune Red 2016 is fresh, vibrant, fruity and soft with plenty of ripe red and dark fruit and a hint of sweet spice. The tannins are gentle and the finish smooth. It’s perfect for immediate drinking but also has years of ageing potential.

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