Musar Jeune RougeI came across one of my favorite wines while enjoying the nouveau low-country cooking of Sean Brock at Husk.  Jeune (young) is the entry level wine of the justly lionized Chateau Musar, the Lebanese winery that has survived war, heat, and religious opposition to produce first rate wines since 1930. Serge Hochar, the 2nd generation proprietor and winemaker died last year, but his legacy lives on with current head winemaker Tarek Sakr.

Their flagship wine is carefully oaked and aged in the bottle several years before release. The “Jeune” by contrast is unoaked and released early but it is nevertheless gorgeous.  Fig and earth layers are wrapped in a coat of svelte blueberry with intriguing hints of chocolate and black olive. The medium bodied palate is rich with dark fruit but silky at midpalate with a long, peppery finish supported by very fine, soft tannins. This has all the freshness and vigor of a young wine but none of the awkward imbalances of youth. It is utterly integrated with that sense of everything coming together in the end, a characteristic that good wines share with good stories.

A steal at this price.

Frolicsome but stylish this blend of Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon will remind you of–

Robyn in this great performance of Call Your Girlfriend on SNL

Score: 90

Price: $18

Alc: 14%