Red

1996 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 59

  • Duncan H Does not like this wine: 80 points

    April 13, 2019 - Still alive - just - but lacks pleasure. Very light colour, warm-ish resin on the nose and a hint of suppleness on the palate, but nothing I'm too keen to drink if I'm being honest...

  • NickCave wrote: flawed

    February 5, 2019 - Corked

  • Kirk Grant wrote:

    January 19, 2019 - This was never a strong vintage for Musar...It's bricked at the core leading out to a tawny rim. The nose smells "sweet", like someone rolled old strawberries in turbinado sugar, mushrooms, molasses, and old/stale clove cigarettes. The palate is the only saving grace with this wine...while its not as upsetting as the nose, it still tastes old, almost like tasting the evolution of something that's decaying in real time. Tastes of bruised Strawberries, old blueberries, and fresh clove and spice. It's so interesting and unlike anything else I've encountered. I can't say that I'm not enjoying it, but I'd say it's more a cerebral interest than enjoyable flavors. If you have some of these...I'd open one now. I can't imagine where this will go with time, but I'm glad this is my last bottle as I don't expect it will bring pleasure or interest for too long.

  • Puteljen! Likes this wine: 90 points

    September 28, 2018 - From 375 ml. Elegant nose of sandalwood, red currants, boysenberries and cherries, all slightly fermented. Some spice as well. Not much VA. Really nice. On the palate a bit thinner and not very long. Still good but was probably better a few years back. Larger formats migh show better.

  • janka wrote:

    September 25, 2018 - I really like Musar but not this vintage. Thin and both nose and taste is not pleasure for me.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2011 (link) 16 points

    (Chateau Musar (Bekaa Valley)) A remarkably pale hue even for Musar, almost rosé as it is poured, a deeper red but still pale in the glass. The appearance might be low-key, but aromatically this is classic Musar, full of sweet and leathery spices, roasted gamey meat and dense, richly baked fruits. Fairly textured on the palate, with that trademark oily substance, backed up by a forceful layer of spice, and vibrant acidity. The palate is broad and, provided the wine is given time, it has a full and rich presence on the palate, far more than I seem to recall for this vintage of Musar. The fruits are baked, with a rich almost chocolatey yet sour edge thanks to the acid. Fascinating wine. I don't buy much (any) Musar these days, but this bottle proves this iconic wine can still provide plenty of interest - even in a 'lesser' vintage.

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2006 (link) 16+ points

    (Chateau Musar) Quite pale, maturing, orange-brown tinge with an oxblood core. Nose initially quite volatile, leathery, then pepper and tobacco, sweetly baked blackcurrant and raspberry fruit. Classic Musar. Full, rounded, nicely balanced. Still some grip. Good acids. Rustic, grippy edge on endpalate with some slightly spiky acidity here. Has certainly developed over the last two years, with a fuller texture and greater interest as far as flavour is concerned, but still shows the structure that will carry this along in the cellar for many years to come.

  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2004 (link) 15.5 points

    (Chateau Musar) Pale cherry red hue, with little density even at the core, fading to a pink-orange rim. Classic Musar on the nose - leather, spice, the sweetness of baked fruit, game. Like the 1997 this wine slides across the palate with ease, with a silky, rounded mouthfeel and lovely, balanced acidity. Game and baked fruit flavours on the midpalate. It seems very approachable, and overall a light, elegant style, but judging by the mild tannic flourish on the finish this will benefit from a couple more years in the cellar - and then drink well for five years plus.

  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2002 (link) 15.5+ points

    (Chateau Musar) At best a moderate intensity of colour, fading to pink at the rim, cut through with a tawny note. A clean nose for Musar, with strawberry and cherry fruit, and a touch of polished leather. On the palate it is full bodied, with a warm, rounded texture. There's plenty of fruit, together with spice and leather character, and good tannins which creep up through the midpalate and give a spicy edge to the finish. There's barely a hint of the trademark Musar volatile acidity, which is only noticeable if you go looking for it.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chateau Musar
  • Varietal Red Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Lebanon
  • Region Bekaa Valley
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation n/a
  • UPC Codes 5017469119605, 5017469139603

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 2 (0%)
  • In Cellars 336 (62%)
  • Consumed 207 (38%)

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