Last night the current-release wines of the Lebanese producer Chateau Musar courtesy of Wine Cellar’s Roland Peens. The red has cult status but on the few occasions I’ve encountered the wines, I’ve always thought the white was pretty smart, too.
Chateau Musar White 2005
Price: R350 (Wine Cellar)
From indigenous varieties Obaideh and Merwah. Oxidative on the nose with waxy, nutty notes in evidence – unusual and intriguing. The palate however by no means decrepit – some of the savoury character corresponding to the aromatics but also a solid core of citrus fruit and a lovely line of acidity. Bags of character and great with roast pork belly.
Chateau Musar Red 2005
Price: R395 (Wine Cellar)
From Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut and a little Carignan. Wild strawberry, potpourri but also trademark VA and spoilage yeast Brettanomyces – these usually problematic qualities somehow adding to the wine. Medium bodied with bright acidity and fine tannins. Much debate around the table about whether the wine was more like Bordeaux or Burgundy but for me it very much recalled local reds of the 1970s.