Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend

9.22276 ratings
9.3616 pro ratings
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Shengli Hu

VA, dark licorice, allspice, brown sugar, banana, cedar, smoke, veal, dried bay leaf, candied red and black currants. Balanced between medium+ acidity, medium smooth tannins, and fruit concentration. Finished long.... Tasting while watching the excellent documentary Wine and War in which Serge was just chilling... in the warfare

VA, dark licorice, allspice, brown sugar, banana, cedar, smoke, veal, dried bay leaf, candied red and black currants. Balanced between medium+ acidity, medium smooth tannins, and fruit concentration. Finished long.... Tasting while watching the excellent documentary Wine and War in which Serge was just chilling... in the warfare

Feb 21st, 2021
Jay Kline

This bottle was hand carried from the Middle East, seven years back, and my first time enjoying the 2002 since release. Cork was perfect. On the nose, some VA but nothing crazy. Notes of balsamic, teriyaki, sandalwood and charred meat. On the palate, still quite primary with dark cherries and dried dark fruits being predominate. Plenty of structure. The texture is remarkably fine and silky. Quite classy actually! Nevertheless, this isn’t the most soul stirring vintage of Musar Rouge. At nearly 19 years of age, this bottle still comes across as youthful with developing vinousity. Perhaps time will coax more out...but I suspect, as others have previously stated, that the 2002 is more of a modest wine by their standards...which is still quite delicious and enjoyable in its own right. This will easily live for another 10+ years.

This bottle was hand carried from the Middle East, seven years back, and my first time enjoying the 2002 since release. Cork was perfect. On the nose, some VA but nothing crazy. Notes of balsamic, teriyaki, sandalwood and charred meat. On the palate, still quite primary with dark cherries and dried dark fruits being predominate. Plenty of structure. The texture is remarkably fine and silky. Quite classy actually! Nevertheless, this isn’t the most soul stirring vintage of Musar Rouge. At nearly 19 years of age, this bottle still comes across as youthful with developing vinousity. Perhaps time will coax more out...but I suspect, as others have previously stated, that the 2002 is more of a modest wine by their standards...which is still quite delicious and enjoyable in its own right. This will easily live for another 10+ years.

Feb 17th, 2021
Allison Lyzenga

Undeniably Musar; VA for days (even after decanting 6 hours); rich red and black fruits; good pairing with Thanksgiving Beef Wellington

Undeniably Musar; VA for days (even after decanting 6 hours); rich red and black fruits; good pairing with Thanksgiving Beef Wellington

Nov 26th, 2020
Ed Lehrman

What can one say—Musar tastes like Musar. This one at 19 was surprisingly youthful. Penetrating licorice root and herbs with plenty of currant flavor, leather, and good structure. Glad I have 2 bottles left as this one will develop further.

What can one say—Musar tastes like Musar. This one at 19 was surprisingly youthful. Penetrating licorice root and herbs with plenty of currant flavor, leather, and good structure. Glad I have 2 bottles left as this one will develop further.

Nov 12th, 2020
Victor Charcan

Revisiting a classic. Ample dark fruit nose, plums, dark chocolate and spices. Good body, silky tannins and a balsamic aftertaste.

Revisiting a classic. Ample dark fruit nose, plums, dark chocolate and spices. Good body, silky tannins and a balsamic aftertaste.

Sep 17th, 2020
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 1999 | wow! A Burgundian smell with rosehip and barnyard, very impressive. Awesome balance and very long aftertaste. A treat!

Vintage 1999 | wow! A Burgundian smell with rosehip and barnyard, very impressive. Awesome balance and very long aftertaste. A treat!

Jun 9th, 2020
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2001 | a matured Lady, classic, tertiaire tones, a bit drying aftertaste

Vintage 2001 | a matured Lady, classic, tertiaire tones, a bit drying aftertaste

Jun 9th, 2020
Sara Beer

We are big fans of Musar and this bottle almost pre-dates our marriage, quietly waiting in our cellar for the right moment. What a complex and delicious beauty, with a masterful weaving of brett and remarkably bright fruit.

We are big fans of Musar and this bottle almost pre-dates our marriage, quietly waiting in our cellar for the right moment. What a complex and delicious beauty, with a masterful weaving of brett and remarkably bright fruit.

Mar 27th, 2020
Chris MacLean

Always fun! In a great spot right now, but suggests a long life too

Always fun! In a great spot right now, but suggests a long life too

Mar 15th, 2020
Stefan Dolhain

1995 vintage. This bottle isn't as spectacular as the 1997 I've had recently, but it's still a great wine. High-toned nose with a level of volatile acidity that typically creates heated debates. It might turn off enologists, but enchant old-school Rioja lovers. Being more on the latter's side, this wine delivers on sheer complexity and length in an absolutely unique style. Well worth seeking out.

1995 vintage. This bottle isn't as spectacular as the 1997 I've had recently, but it's still a great wine. High-toned nose with a level of volatile acidity that typically creates heated debates. It might turn off enologists, but enchant old-school Rioja lovers. Being more on the latter's side, this wine delivers on sheer complexity and length in an absolutely unique style. Well worth seeking out.

Oct 15th, 2019