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The Musar Jeune White of 2017 is a straw gold colour, on the nose; lemon, grilled pineapple, honey and butterscotch, while on the palate; tropical fruits are complemented by a...
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The Musar Jeune White of 2017 is a straw gold colour, on the nose; lemon, grilled pineapple, honey and butterscotch, while on the palate; tropical fruits are complemented by a hint of herbs and complex minerality. The wine provides a long finish with balanced acidity.

Musar Jeune White is an unoaked blend of Viognier, Vermentino, Chardonnay from youthful Bekaa Valley vines. Crisp and aromatic, this eclectic blend of French and Italian varieties has its own distinct personality – passionfruit, apples, elderflowers – and a dry, refreshing finish.

Made from the fruit of Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay vines planted since 2000 at around 1,000m above sea level in the Bekaa Valley.

Musar Jeune White is fermented in cement-lined vats and released a year after the harvest.

Musar Jeune white was first produced in 2006 with newly planted varieties, expressing vibrant Bekaa Valley fruits. Chardonnay was the first to arrive at the winery on the 3rd August, ripe and yellowed by the sun. Viognier harvesting started on the 7th August with a lower sugar content and the white grape harvest for the Musar Jeune trio ended with Vermentino on the 23rd August. The vines used for Musar Jeune White are from our organically certified vineyards and come from 2 different terroirs; Chardonnay and Vermentino are grown on limestone soils, while the Viognier comes from vineyards with silty soils.

The 2017 vintage is a blend of a third each of Vermentino, Viognier and Chardonnay and of particular note this year is the effect of low yields, 15 to 18 hectolitres per hectare which results in concentrated wines. Fermentation of the whites was slow and smooth, with temperatures ranging between 18 to 21 degrees ° C. Viognier was the star, with its floral aromas spreading through the fermentation area. The whites were racked after 12 days, awaiting the malolactic process which occurred within 2 weeks, surprisingly fast for white wines with low PH. The blending took place in November and the wines were bottled in January 2018.

The Vermentino, native to Sardinia and Corsica and thus well suited to the Eastern Mediterranean climate, adds citrus, mineral and even marine character. It is moderate in alcohol and combines well with the rich, buttery even oily Chardonnay and fragrant aromatic Viognier.

No need to decant; enjoy chilled (12°C) with grilled fish, herb-scented roast chicken, seafood salads and spicy oriental dishes.

To keep the wines showing at their best, bottles must be cellared in darkness, lying on their sides and not subjected to unnecessary movement or fluctuations in temperature.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Chardonnay and Vermentino and Viognier
Country
Lebanon
Region
Gazir
Vintage
2017
ABV %
12.50%
Organic
Yes
Vegan
Yes

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