Our post last week focussed on Chateau Musar's signature wines, Chateau Musar Red, White and Rosé. This week, we will learn more about their other ranges: Hochar Père et Fils Red and Musar Jeune Red, White and Rosé.
Hochar Père et Fils Red
Hochar Père et Fils Red is made over four years from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Grenache harvested from a single vineyard. Like Chateau Musar Red, the blend reflects the character of the specific vintage. With rich red berry flavours and dark fruits, Hochar Père et Fils Red is very much an old world style wine with restrained flavours and a dignified dryness.
Hochar Père et Fils Reds are not fined or filtered. The wines are suitable for vegans as they have not come into contact with any animal proteins, often used in the fining process. Their rich texture means they are likely to produce deposits in bottle which requires that the wine be decanted, at least one hour before drinking.
Best served at between 16 and 18°C, this wine is an ideal partner for casseroles, all red meats, tuna steaks and Mediterranean dishes. As it is not too heavy, it is also perfect as a stand alone wine.
Hochar Père et Fils Red 2013
The 2013 vintage will be released this Autumn. Blended in spring 2015 from 50% Cinsault, 35% Grenache and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and bottled later the same year, the 2013 harvest at Chateau Musar can be summarised by the word "elegance".
The 2013 is a well-balanced vintage, bright ruby red in colour with a nose of forest fruits, red cherries, tobacco and sweet spices and a palate full of mulberries, plums, blackberries, spice and subtle notes of coffee beans.
Created in response to the demand for a "current drinking" Musar wine, the Musar Jeune range was first produced in 2007. Unoaked and vibrantly fruity, Musar Jeune wines are produced from the grapes of youthful Bekaa Valley vines. These wines can be poured straight from their bottles. There is no need to decant.
An unoaked blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, Musar Jeune Red is created to be consumed within a few years of harvest.
Deep, dark ruby red with aromas of blackcurrants, blueberries, black cherries and violets, this intensely fruity wine has silky tannins and a hint of spice at the finish.
Best served at between 16 and 18°C with grills, roasts, casseroles, cold meats and mature cheeses. This wine is suitable for vegans as it is neither fined nor filtered.
Musar Jeune White is an unoaked blend of Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay.
This blend of French and Sicilian varieties is fresh and zingy with passion fruits, apples, elderflower, figs and pears and a dry, refreshing finish.
Enjoy chilled at 12°C with grilled fish, roast chicken, seafood salads and spicy oriental dishes.
Made from Cinsault and Mourvedre grapes, Musar Jeune Rosé is a big, concentrated rosé with intense aromas of blueberries, Kirsch, strawberries and roses. The palate is dominated by rich red fruits, cherries and pomegranate. This rich and mellow wine has an impressive structure with good acidity, light tannins and a long finish.
Drink chilled at 12°C. Best served with food, this wine partners well with baked salmon, shellfish, roast pork or tomato-based pasta dishes.
To purchase Chateau Musar's excellent wines, visit our website or call us on 01746 389 749.
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Thank you to Chateau Musar for the photographs used in this blog post.