I am interested in the Musar as never tried any wine from Lebanon - recommended? Saying this I did pick up a bottle of Chateau Ksara from TWS showroom last Saturday - not opened as yet but just seen a couple of average reviews on the website so not expecting too much…
Musar is a great producer. Just had the 2010. Stil cleaely got a long way to go but lovely. I was actually in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon in 2010 which feels like a lifetime ago but then this wine is so young. With Musar best to let them age. We’re working our way through 2001s which are doing really well. Although we’ve tried other Lebanese wines I’ll admit that we only really like Musar to be honest.
The other half shares her birthday with my dad, and it’s today, so we all went round to my folks for lots of pizza and random grog.
Got back a little while ago, put some knackered children to bed and opened this:
Very, very tasty. Started off all kind of pear-dropsy and has moved on to something vaguely greenly floral, like a summer meadow or something. Hard to pin down, but it’s quite lovely.
So was I! Did we walk past each other?? It’s a small enough place for that to happen! Well, I moved to Beirut in the June and stayed there for 18 months. The mountains were a great place to escape the heat and the greeny-brown air of the city. I tried as many wines as I could out there, and somewhere between the overly rustic tooth-gnashers and the oak-victim point-chasers there were some very good wines but I think Musar’s a bit of a one-off, certainly in terms of style. I felt the best of the rest were often cabernet-syrah blends that didn’t try too hard.
Well, the Alicante Bouschet was a great success - very rich and smooth and deep, excellent with mushroom risotto and with dolcelatte. Only problem was trying to convince my friends that it was £7.50 a bottle!
The Wolf Blass is a favourite and I almost regret sharing my last bottle but it’s drinking so well now. Smoky and dark. Love it. The Filliatreau Saumur took me right back on holiday, we bought it as a nice everydayer but I’d forgotten how much I’ve fallen for good Chenin
I’m away in Ely this weekend, with my husband’s (large!) family.
Had a nice meal out tonight, and me and the other half shared a bottle of Saumur Champigny Lieu-dit Les Villaises 2014. Very good it was too! Finished the evening with a delectable glass of Chateau Septy 2011 Montbazillac. Not sure what we’ll be drinking tomorrow… Anything is possible!
Ready for bed now!!
I would normally have left this for a couple more years but was told by the producer that it was drinking really well now so thought I’d throw caution to the wind and open it… And it’s showing really well. So well balanced. Yum.
What a coincidence! I flew into Beruit in July I think. Stayed in Lebanon for about 10 days (and somehow managed to run into loads of Hezbollah guys who were wondering what I was doing) - but then carried on into Syria, Jordan and into the West Bank / Israel. For me Beruit was mad and when we left for Damascus we found it much more chilled out.