Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend

9.3111 ratings
9.343 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
Casey Curbow

Sales Associate Windsor Wine Merchants

9.6

First Musar experience and most engaging wine I’ve had in a long while. High toned and delicate but still distinctly powerful in grace. Clean orchestration. Reminds me of great Burgundy and Bordeaux smashed, or rather softly molded, together. Absolutely killer with strip steak and sautéed rainbow chard.

First Musar experience and most engaging wine I’ve had in a long while. High toned and delicate but still distinctly powerful in grace. Clean orchestration. Reminds me of great Burgundy and Bordeaux smashed, or rather softly molded, together. Absolutely killer with strip steak and sautéed rainbow chard.

Aug 29th, 2018
Charlie Evans

Part of a Musar wine dinner. Served with a braised short rib alongside the 2009 Musar red as well. This ‘98 was very high toned and went beautifully with the smokiness of the short rib and the was just lifted by the pistou underneath. It was in a great place.

Part of a Musar wine dinner. Served with a braised short rib alongside the 2009 Musar red as well. This ‘98 was very high toned and went beautifully with the smokiness of the short rib and the was just lifted by the pistou underneath. It was in a great place.

May 25th, 2018
Allison Lyzenga

Medium ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of apple skins, spiced punch apple rings, red plum, clove, cinnamon, allspice; fully developed; dry, medium plus acid, medium minus tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, pronounced intensity flavors of red plum, spiced baked apple, clove, allspice, eucalyptus; long finish

Medium ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of apple skins, spiced punch apple rings, red plum, clove, cinnamon, allspice; fully developed; dry, medium plus acid, medium minus tannins, medium alcohol, medium body, pronounced intensity flavors of red plum, spiced baked apple, clove, allspice, eucalyptus; long finish

Nov 24th, 2017
Chris Harvey

I love this wine. So damn funky they should put a picture of Bootsy Collins on the label

I love this wine. So damn funky they should put a picture of Bootsy Collins on the label

Sep 10th, 2017
Matt Duncan

Bretty soft red fruit. Great contrast and focus.

Bretty soft red fruit. Great contrast and focus.

1 person found it helpfulDec 7th, 2017
Sasha Agapov

Even more powerful nose than 1999, gorgeous aromas of surprising bubble gum, dried fruit, dried flowers, hints of mint and estragon. Amazing on the palate — smooth, focused, concentrated, plenty of life left in this and it can go to sleep for another decade easily. Fruit, berries, flowers, smoke and cured meats. In love and couldn't get enough of it!

Even more powerful nose than 1999, gorgeous aromas of surprising bubble gum, dried fruit, dried flowers, hints of mint and estragon. Amazing on the palate — smooth, focused, concentrated, plenty of life left in this and it can go to sleep for another decade easily. Fruit, berries, flowers, smoke and cured meats. In love and couldn't get enough of it!

1 person found it helpfulNov 16th, 2015
Eric Egan

This wine is just unmistakeable. I served it blind and, after guessing that it was Cabernet dominant and about 20 years old, I told my dad that he was right and that, despite his immediate uncertainty, I would have been able to identify this myself blind. After which he said, ah yes, so it's not from France, it's from the Lebanon! The cinsault is so evident in this - completely muddling, but at the same time enriching the wine, adding complexity, depth, and delicate spice. The Carignan adds a wonderfully peppery fragrance and binds it all together beautifully!

This wine is just unmistakeable. I served it blind and, after guessing that it was Cabernet dominant and about 20 years old, I told my dad that he was right and that, despite his immediate uncertainty, I would have been able to identify this myself blind. After which he said, ah yes, so it's not from France, it's from the Lebanon! The cinsault is so evident in this - completely muddling, but at the same time enriching the wine, adding complexity, depth, and delicate spice. The Carignan adds a wonderfully peppery fragrance and binds it all together beautifully!

1 person found it helpfulAug 15th, 2015
Sue Mohle

An honor

An honor

1 person found it helpfulOct 14th, 2014
Christanna Honer

Dead ringer for ages Bordeaux. Stunning. Haunting almost.

Dead ringer for ages Bordeaux. Stunning. Haunting almost.

Sep 28th, 2016
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.3

So fresh and juicy. One of a kind.

So fresh and juicy. One of a kind.

May 19th, 2016