Chateau Musar 2015 Red
2015 was a challenging vintage for Chateau Musar which started with an April frost, then, a heatwave arrived in August and went right through September up until harvest, stressing the Cabernet Sauvignon vines resulting in a 65% loss of the crop. However, the story of the quality is different. The 2015, which has been released earlier than the usual 7 years from vintage, has ended being a belter of a wine.
The blend is the usual equal parts one third of each of Cabernet, Cinsault and Carignan, but this year the Cabernet is, aromatically at least, taking a back stage. The nose is much more dominated by the floral, spice and red fruit components of the Cinsault and Carignan. However, the tannins are all Cabernet and so is the powerful finish which lingers with all the beautiful hallmarks of this wine: leather, incense, balsam, wood smoke, cedar wood, and undergrowth.