Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend

9.1146 ratings
9.239 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
Jay Kline

It’s been six years or so since I had the 2003 and my goodness has time been kind to this! Decanted two hour prior to dinner. The color was a very striking dark ruby with very little sign of deterioration. There was sediment but decanting helped mitigate most of it. The nose was magnificent: dark cherries, blackberries, baked apples, cinnamon, nutmeg...and there was spiced meat with paprika. On the palate, it told a very similar story. The finish was looooong and remarkably savory! Positively mouthwatering. There’s no doubt in my mind that the 2003 has got a decade or more left in the tank. What a treat.

It’s been six years or so since I had the 2003 and my goodness has time been kind to this! Decanted two hour prior to dinner. The color was a very striking dark ruby with very little sign of deterioration. There was sediment but decanting helped mitigate most of it. The nose was magnificent: dark cherries, blackberries, baked apples, cinnamon, nutmeg...and there was spiced meat with paprika. On the palate, it told a very similar story. The finish was looooong and remarkably savory! Positively mouthwatering. There’s no doubt in my mind that the 2003 has got a decade or more left in the tank. What a treat.

Jul 7th, 2019
Adam Kincaid

Where the younger et Fils range is bright and alive with ripened fruits, this is certainly more wise and gentle. Dried plums, plenty of spice, still in its prime almost two generations later. Phenomenal juice.

Where the younger et Fils range is bright and alive with ripened fruits, this is certainly more wise and gentle. Dried plums, plenty of spice, still in its prime almost two generations later. Phenomenal juice.

May 4th, 2019
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Young but ready to drink. Gorgeous nose with funk, dried red fruits, dried plum, violet and truffle. Medium body but nice tannins and long finish. Impressive.

Young but ready to drink. Gorgeous nose with funk, dried red fruits, dried plum, violet and truffle. Medium body but nice tannins and long finish. Impressive.

Nov 12th, 2017
Jeffrey Bencus

Head Sommelier Julian Serrano, Las Vegas

9.2

Still very clean. Chocolate, raisin and ripe black cherry.

Still very clean. Chocolate, raisin and ripe black cherry.

3 people found it helpfulJan 7th, 2015
Alex Papanicolaou

Not my all-time favorite vintage of these classics, but always a treat regardless. Musar hardly disappoints.

Not my all-time favorite vintage of these classics, but always a treat regardless. Musar hardly disappoints.

Mar 13th, 2016
Campbell Davis

GM/Beverage Director Guglhupf Bakery, Restaurant, Patisserie

9.3

Always a solid wine! Open it up and sip for a few hours if you can because this wine is ALIVE!!

Always a solid wine! Open it up and sip for a few hours if you can because this wine is ALIVE!!

Feb 24th, 2016
Jules van Cruysen

Wild. Dried fruit but very supple. Lots of musky spice and liquorice. Woodsy. Stellar!

Wild. Dried fruit but very supple. Lots of musky spice and liquorice. Woodsy. Stellar!

Jun 24th, 2015
Charles Antin

Senior Wine Specialist/Auctioneer Zachys

9.2

Mature and open knit. I'd say 03 character but what was it in Lebanon? Stewed plums and tobacco.

Mature and open knit. I'd say 03 character but what was it in Lebanon? Stewed plums and tobacco.

Jun 21st, 2015
Ulrich Hoffmann

Georgeous! Right storage is the key,...

Georgeous! Right storage is the key,...

Mar 22nd, 2015
Shelby Peterson

Layers of wonderful flavors from start to finish. A must try!

Layers of wonderful flavors from start to finish. A must try!

Feb 27th, 2015