My turn to bring the wines, everybody else tasted double blind
- 2004 Chateau Musar - Lebanon, Bekaa Valley
Decanted for an hour. This was quite a pale red with distinct purple edges. The nose is full throttle, with typical Musar VA, tons of red fruits, earth, lots of dried figs and dates. The palate is very sweet and very fruity with lots of tannins and great acidity. This is my first taste of the 2004 vintage, it's way too young to drink now. I will open the next bottle in 4-5 years. This does seem to have the stuffing to last for a long time. Excellent! (90 pts.)
- 2003 Château Cantemerle - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
Decanted for an hour. A garnet red, no bricking in evidence yet. The nose is very typical Bordeaux and at a very nice stage for me. Lots of barnyard, cassis and even a bit of coffee. The palate was delicious, lots of cassis and tannins, not sweet at all. This is ready to go now, but will last for a while yet. I was happy that I opened this bottle though, as the were signs of imminent seepage, the cork would have failed within a year or two! (90 pts.)
Two very good and very interesting wines. The Musar was too young, the Cantemerle in a good spot. An enjoyable tasting!