Château Musar

Gaston Hochar Grand Cru Red Blend

9.2275 ratings
9.137 pro ratings
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Shengli Hu

VA, dusty forest floor, fresh red cherry and raspberry, cherry liqueur, purple flower - lavender, red prune, just ripe fig, hefty nose of fresh rosemary, blackberry. Elevated acidity, fine pulverized integrated smooth medium tannins, crushed stone, dried red cherry, dried tomato, dried rose petal. Long lingering finish on the tomato leaf notes. This is what was paired with Grilled Lamb at Lazy Bear when we went late Aug 2022.

VA, dusty forest floor, fresh red cherry and raspberry, cherry liqueur, purple flower - lavender, red prune, just ripe fig, hefty nose of fresh rosemary, blackberry. Elevated acidity, fine pulverized integrated smooth medium tannins, crushed stone, dried red cherry, dried tomato, dried rose petal. Long lingering finish on the tomato leaf notes. This is what was paired with Grilled Lamb at Lazy Bear when we went late Aug 2022.

Aug 18th, 2022
Jay Kline

I had a few members of the Tasting Group crew join me in a sort of, "help me drink down my cellar" gathering. Everyone had an opportunity to dig through the cellar and select a bottle of their choosing; the identity of the wine was kept from everyone else and then presented double-blind though, since the bottles were being pulled from my cellar, it wasn't a true double-blind situation for me. This was poured into a decanter and served within two hours of opening. The wine poured a deep ruby, bordering garnet color and slightly turbid. On the nose, it was immediately apparent that this was a vinous wine with abundant ripe red and black fruits some of which came across bruised and desiccated. Along with the fruit was a striking smell of barnyard funk, pipe tobacco, leather, and exotic spices. On the palate, the wine was dry and the fruit set was more or less confirmed. The fruit was gorgeous, fully mature and the finish was long and savory. The tannins were pretty well integrated. Plenty of acid to keep everything afloat. I was headed to the Rhone based off the evidence, something with age and probably from a traditional producer in Chateauneuf du Pape. Due to the color, signs of sediment, abundance of dried fruit and the strong presence of secondary characteristics, I figured this was at least 15 years old from a warmer vintage. After thinking, I called 2005 Pegau. After drinking the 2005 Pegau later, I don't hate my call. This wine is singing and will likely last for at least another decade.

I had a few members of the Tasting Group crew join me in a sort of, "help me drink down my cellar" gathering. Everyone had an opportunity to dig through the cellar and select a bottle of their choosing; the identity of the wine was kept from everyone else and then presented double-blind though, since the bottles were being pulled from my cellar, it wasn't a true double-blind situation for me. This was poured into a decanter and served within two hours of opening. The wine poured a deep ruby, bordering garnet color and slightly turbid. On the nose, it was immediately apparent that this was a vinous wine with abundant ripe red and black fruits some of which came across bruised and desiccated. Along with the fruit was a striking smell of barnyard funk, pipe tobacco, leather, and exotic spices. On the palate, the wine was dry and the fruit set was more or less confirmed. The fruit was gorgeous, fully mature and the finish was long and savory. The tannins were pretty well integrated. Plenty of acid to keep everything afloat. I was headed to the Rhone based off the evidence, something with age and probably from a traditional producer in Chateauneuf du Pape. Due to the color, signs of sediment, abundance of dried fruit and the strong presence of secondary characteristics, I figured this was at least 15 years old from a warmer vintage. After thinking, I called 2005 Pegau. After drinking the 2005 Pegau later, I don't hate my call. This wine is singing and will likely last for at least another decade.

Jan 28th, 2022
Douglas Braun

1999 Vintage - starting on the down hill slope but brick edges mushrooms ,spice , tobacco , some jammy fruit in the mouth , toffee , nice acidity (med-plus)

1999 Vintage - starting on the down hill slope but brick edges mushrooms ,spice , tobacco , some jammy fruit in the mouth , toffee , nice acidity (med-plus)

Nov 10th, 2021
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2005 | oxy tones, figs, beautiful!

Vintage 2005 | oxy tones, figs, beautiful!

Nov 5th, 2021
Timothy Eustis

Wine Director, Red Lion Inn

9.1

Amazing

Amazing

Sep 2nd, 2021
Steven Gullo

Aromatic and expressive right out of the gate. Smoky, sanguine nose with elegance and soft velvety texture. Drinking really well now.

Aromatic and expressive right out of the gate. Smoky, sanguine nose with elegance and soft velvety texture. Drinking really well now.

Jun 25th, 2021
Saida Santana Margalef

2011 vintage

2011 vintage

May 1st, 2021
Matt

Elegant, fine boned, brimming with stewed red fruits, tobacco, turned earth and sweaty horse ass. Soulful. Brett a little too forward for me on this bottle.

Elegant, fine boned, brimming with stewed red fruits, tobacco, turned earth and sweaty horse ass. Soulful. Brett a little too forward for me on this bottle.

Apr 5th, 2021
Austin Hohnke

Brilliant. Drinking very well with an hour of air. Lots of life ahead. Really impressive with rack of lamb.

Brilliant. Drinking very well with an hour of air. Lots of life ahead. Really impressive with rack of lamb.

Mar 27th, 2021
Douglas Renall

Ripe blackcurrant, spice, concentrated, warm and sweet #lebanonwine

Ripe blackcurrant, spice, concentrated, warm and sweet #lebanonwine

Feb 26th, 2021