The Musar Cuve is the second wine of Chteau Musar. It adapts perfectly to the Mediterranean cuisine.
The wine comes from the same blending as the Chteau, with a higher percentage of cinsault, and without aging in oak vats. It is suitable for drinking after a year.
The 2003 harvest has been a very surprising one two words can aptly summarise it
:Alcohol and acidity this vintage is rich in both.
After a rainy winter (records show that it was the rainiest year in 15 years), from mid-April onwards not a drop of rain fell, it became hot and sunny. In May when the flowering started, a 10 day heat-wave reduced the amount of grapes and the harvest quantity by about 30%. This phenomenon caused the concentration of sugar and acidity in the grapes. July and August were not as hot as they used to be in years gone by.
The harvest started on the 4th of September, the grapes were healthy and in good condition with good maturity and ripeness.
The fermentation temperature was controlled between 27 and 30 degrees Celsius. Early October: and malo-lactic fermentation has started in many vats but only one so far has completed this process. This wine has been racked and it already reflects a great year, rich in tannins, acidity and colour.
Although it is too early at this stage to predict exactly how this vintage will develop (all fermentations are not still not completed), we can already see that the colour is very deep and more intense than usual and that the concentration of sugar and acidity make this harvest unique. All the different varietals have different aromas which are all very fragrant. Our first indications are that the wine will be full-bodied, powerful with great length these may well be the defining characteristics of 2003.