Chateau Musar Rose 2017
A blend of 60% Obaideh, 37% Merwah and 3% Cinsault is barrel fermented (with natural yeasts and minimal sulphur addition) and aged for 12 months in 100% new Nevers oak barrels. Bottled 14 months after harvest and aged in the cellars. Released in the Summer of 2020.
The 2017 has an intriguing gold-orange-salmon hue of pink and nose reminiscent of the Chateau Musar white, but with tangerine citrus, rosewater and a savoury, somewhat exotic spice note that continues to the palate with subtle quince and vanilla flavours. Much like the white, it has a satisfying richness and glycerol weight which belies the low alcohol and finishes with a refreshing saline minerality.
As the wine ages, its aromatic complexity will develop and enhance, further integrating the vanilla-oak characteristic. An ideal aperitif wine, though also suited to seafood, charcuterie and mature cheeses. Serve cellar cool (15°C), not cold.