2016 Chateau Musar 'Jeaune Blanc,' Bekaa Valley, Lebanon (750ml)

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In 2007, the Hochars started producing a new line of wines they call, ‘Musar Jeune’ or ‘Young Musar’ using grapes from their younger vines. They are made without the use of oak fermentation or aging and are designed to show a more youthful, contemporary, ‘ready-to-drink now’ side of Chateau Musar. This 2016 Blanc is a blend of 40% Vermentino, 30% Viognier and 30% Chardonnay, and is absolutely ready to drink now! As the Hochars explain, "it has a pale lemon colour, and is medium bodied, rich in exotic fruits, peaches and pears with a floral crisp finish. Serve lightly chilled with fruits de mer, grilled tiger prawns, smoked mackerel and Lebanese mezze." French in origin, the Hochar family arrived in Lebanon in the 12th century and settled in the Bekaa Valley, about 30 kilometers south east of modern day Beirut. Gaston Hochar planted vineyards in 1930 and established a winemaking legend that his son Serge expanded upon; bringing Chateau Musar much deserved international notoriety. Sadly, Serge passed away two years ago and now his sons are at the helm, continuing the proud legacy started by their grandfather. The 1,000 feet above sea level vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Chardonnay, Viognier and Vermentino, as well as the indigenous varietals Obaideh & Merwah, all of which are farmed organically and certified.

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