Was delighted to find this on the wine list yesterday evening. Cork was in excellent condition - rare for an older Musar. Clear vibrant healthy lightish red colour. It started off with waves of raspberry, orange peel and balsamic cherry, with plenty of acidity and real freshness, but definitely and unashamably Musar. Over the next two hours it grew in stature adding cloves and eastern spices and some reassuring farmyard funk. Fantastic wine, always unique, and (if a good bottle) always a showstopper. I hope my collection of 1999 tastes like this in 10 years time!
Tuesday Night Double Blind $60+ (Bin 75): Aged, sediment, rusty rim with brick at the core, see through; aged, soy, fennel, caraway, leather, red fruit, mineral; spices, hard red fruit, nice richness, brick dust, fuller, sappy, mineral, nice structure; aged on the nose but palate still pretty fresh; thought this was an aged Burgundian styled CdP as it seemed more Burgundian but looking back the strong autumnal notes that I failed to take note of and the super sappy mid palate should have led me to Musar.
19 Vintages of Musar Rouge; 1/25/2015-1/26/2015 (Clark Point House in Southwest Harbor, Maine): Color: Deep ruby core minimal bricking and eventually a clear meniscus. Smell: Gorgonzola cheese it the initial & dominant scent followed by cement floor, leather, smoked/charred meats, white tea, and tobacco. Taste: blackberries, blueberries, mushrooms, black cherry, and clove. Overall: In the mouth this is all power, med+ body, med+ acidity, med+ tannin. There is an immense density that calls to mind the vision of the iron fist in a velvet glove. This is an outstanding Musar...yet it suffers when side by side with the '88. In honor of Bart Broadbent who made tasting the '84 Rouge possible I'll use the five * system. (***/*)
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(Chateau Musar) Bricked medium red violet color with pale meniscus; mature, redolent, milk chocolate, light tobacco, sweet sage, sweet herbs, cigar box nose; very tasty, maturing, dried black fruit, spice box palate; long finish 95+ points
(Chateau Musar (Bekaa Valley)) A fading red-brick hue, typical for Musar, this being the case on the nose as well as on its appearance. Sweet, gamey, leathery, spicy, smoky, full of cloves and roast meats, with a background vein that is slightly lifted and volatile, this will please fans of Musar everywhere. Quite light now on the palate, with the volatility suggested by the nose, here the aromas matched by evolved and gamey flavours set against a fading and increasingly lean palate. This should keep going for some time yet, although I suspect it is on a slow downwards slope from now on. Very fine though. Drink up - or at least start doing so!
(Chateau Musar) A mature hue, showing the pallor of age, but still with decent density at the core. A lovely nose, full of meat and leather character, with macerated fruits, prunes, dates and a hint of cloves. The palate is impressive. It has a rich, supple, velvety texture, with plenty of sweetly mature fruit. A touch creamy, it still has some peppery tannins showing through the midpalate and finish. What a presence - delicious - and yet will still improve with another three to five years in the cellar.
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