The expressive nose gives a fresh fruit made of wild strawberries, red and black currants with herbal notes. Everything is surrounded by graphite and stony notes, soft spices coming from the barrels and touches of smoky brown tobacco. The mouth provides a good volume from the beginning, with a lot of roundness and a great balance between structure and texture.
The offical red wine from the Royal Welsh Regimental Wine Collection.
Blended from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot and then aged in oak for 12 months. A bouquet of ripe plums and bramble fruits with soft and well integrated tannin, good acidity and a very pleasing finish.
'A lovely weight and richness. Ripe, rounded tannins with a core of dark, juicy fruit. Signature Gironde food friendly freshness on the palate and a delightful herbaceous note on the nose. A forward-drinking Bordeaux which can be enjoyed now but with sufficient structure to age up to 10 years.' - Jonathan, Retail Manager.
The Château du Seuil Graves red wine is made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc.The finished wine is aged in french oak for up to 18 month prior to bottling.
Hochar Père et Fils Red has often been described as the ‘second’ wine of Chateau Musar, as it does bear some resemblance to the ‘Grand Vin’ but the comparison stops there.
Rich, spicy and aromatic, this robust red hails from a single Bekaa Valley vineyard planted with Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Grenache over 40 years ago. Five years in the making, with 9 months in French oak barrels, it’s full of smooth bramble fruit flavours, with hints of figs, dates and cedary spice.
The wine displays an intense ruby red colour in the glass. The bouquet reminiscence of cherries, blackcurrants and has tones of dark chocolate. The palate is full bodied with firm but silky tannins. Decanting is recommended to express the true essence of this Bordeaux blend.
In their youth, Chateau Musar Reds are dense and richly-textured, with intense ‘baked fruit’ characters: plums, damsons, cranberries, cherries, figs and dates. Bordeaux grape Cabernet Sauvignon lends black fruit flavours; Rhône grapes Cinsault and Carignan contribute fragrance (violets; pepper) and supple spiciness. Either set of qualities might dominate a particular vintage, but the style is always emphatically Lebanese: enticingly aromatic, with persistent fruit flavours. Over decades the wines acquire tawny hues and mellow notes.
The medium-bodied 2011 Lynch Bages possesses a saturated ruby/purple color as well as beautiful creme de cassis notes, a generous, concentrated, well-made, medium to full-bodied style and supple tannins. A successful effort in 2011, it should be drinkable in 3-4 years and last for 15+. It is a sleeper of the vintage.
Robert M. Parker - Wine Advocate - Issue#212 - Apr 2014