The 2014 vintage was the last harvest while Serge Hochar was still alive. He tragically drowned while on holiday, NYE in 2014. I have no logical reason to be wary of Musar’s future as the team involved in producing the wines have been in place for some time. However, Serge’s death was for me, the loss of an wine hero. This is my first experience with the 2014 and I can’t help but reflect on the unforgettable experiences I’ve had drinking wines that he produced.
Decanted for several hours prior to dinner, the wine appears a deep purple turning garnet after plenty of air with an opaque core. High intensity, medium+ viscosity, a touch of sediment. On the nose, this is a wild carnival for the senses with cherries, mulberries, rhubarb pie, Twin Bing, harissa, kofta, pipe tobacco, oud, teriyaki, and event canned peaches (though only after some time in the glass). On the palate, things are much more modest with a very compelling cherry compote and bright cranberry notes with some tobacco and baking spices. Very primary at this stage. Medium tannin with medium+ acid. The finish long…forever and a day with dried cherries and dates bringing me home. While still an infant, this is shaping up to be a lovely and long-lived vintage of Musar Rouge. Cheers, Serge. Your legacy lives on. — 23 days ago
My first experience with one of Musar’s Rosés and I’ve got to say that it reminds me a lot of their Blanc but with a kiss of red fruit…which, in a sense, is exactly how this wine is made. Popped and poured; consumed over two hours. Served just a touch below cellar temp but it warmed in the glass. The wine presents as a sort of pale copper color. On the nose, a rather fascinating array of fruit including strawberry, watermelon, bing cherry, grapefruit, and generic tropical fruit. On the palate, I’m reminded more of Rainier cherries with kiwi, lemon, lanolin and almond skin. A rather fabulous body with wonderful texture…not too unlike LdH’s Tondonia Rosado, actually. Medium- tannin and medium+ acid. The finish is long and satisfying. No doubt, this is a very nerdy rosé and one that I look forward to experiencing more often! FWIW, Delectable misidentifies this as a blend of Chardonnay, Semillon and Cinsault when in fact this is Obaideh, Merwah and Cinsault. — 5 months ago
Slightly sweet. — 2 days ago
Vintage 2006 | Tasted blind, pop and pour, every taster thought it to be a wine from the Jura, because of clear oxidative characteristics. Some tasters dislike this: acquired taste. After 24 hours aeration I drank the leftover from the bottle with a risotto with zuchini, sweet paprika and calamari. The wine showed an awesome balance and refinement. The oxidative thing became a very light impression. — a month ago
brilliant winemaking , but not my favorite. — a month ago
This is quite nice. The world needs more cinsault — 2 days ago
A thinker’s wine. A saline, aromatic, oxidized vacation to the tropics. Where perfume meets sweet fruit, honey, and butterscotch.
In the mouth this is like dry Fino Sherry. A little oily, a lot salty. Acid perseveres.
Flavors of yellow canned peaches, butterscotch, and starfruit. Strong, lasting, intensity. — a month ago
The 2013 isn’t ready yet (mid-2021) but it will be a beaut.
Classic cedar and spice alongside well worn leather and dried currants and soft English tobacco. This is grandfather’s old armchair in a bottle. — 2 months ago