Complex wine... old, dried grape on the nose... full ripe dark fruit in the mouth, caramelized... long aftertaste. Doubt if indeed it could improve with longer aging as most tasters are saying. But what a quality wine this is!
Another vertical tasting, this time 15 months from the last one. Some subtle changes over the years, yet interestingly, most of the characters of each vintage stayed the same. 1999 – Amazing. Still going strong for a 16year old wine. Smoothest of the lot. ‘Clean-on’ colour – clear and not thickened. Some wood and very well integrated tannins. Softer now. Suggest drink up if you have any left in stock. Score 92 2000 – Clean fruity rich nose. Slightly lighter but still good acidity on the palate. Score 91 2001 – So much fruit still for a 14yo wine. Score 92 2002 – Still that phenolic spritz – you could tell from just the cork. It’s the one that really stood out. It has finally mellowed though and now drinkable. Still needs more time. Score 88, yet has potential to get much better 2003 – Snappier than the 04. Plenty of blackcurrant. Just a hint of fizz. Will last a while yet. Score 91 2004 – This one is the smooth operator – silky smooth and softly sweet. Score 92 2005 – Still some tannin but good structure and fruit. A favourite. Score 92 2007 – Surprisingly ‘ready’ for a young Musar. This is the year you will find in most retailers. Score 91
We started with shredded duck, then a reduced Consomme (beware the Heston way with ice – takes days to melt in the fridge), individual parcels of Beef Wellington, a Cheese (Livarot, Ossau Iraty and Fourme d’Ambert) course, then a Vanilla Pannacotta with Poached Rhubarb. The older wines went better with the earlier courses, and the younger sweeter ones more suited the cheeses and dessert.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.