2001 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • gunpwdr wrote: 79 points

    January 29, 2012 - Decanted 6 hours the day prior then re-bottled and opened 18 hours later. Nose: Raisins, very port-like overall and not giving up much else. Palate: Smoke, sappy, spiced cherries, currants on the attack. Lively tannins, raisins, and cherries on the mid-palate. Currants and barnyard linger on the finish.

    First foray into the Musar line and it's definitely a mixed bag for me. While there is good balance and structure, the wine is a Frankenstein of flavors for me. I totally see where the Bordeaux meets Burgundy comparisons come from, but there is also a very raisiny, Amarone meets port thing going on that props up the mid-palate. The barnyard and metallicness was extremely overpowering on day 1 when I took a tiny sip and while it did mostly blow off, it did partly frame the overall palate on day 2. A conversation piece sort of wine for me, unless this is simply an off vintage.


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