Red

1987 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
Drink between 2001 - 2014 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 22

  • sharonandroland Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 7, 2019 - Feminin, high in alcohol, great evolution.

  • straight outta iowa Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 3, 2019 - I get excited when my wife revisits her Mom's recipes, and I always get a kick out of pairing wines with the cuisine of their homeland. So the other night when she told me it would be Sheik ‘al Mehshe (eggplant/lamb/tomato/pine nuts) for dinner, I went looking for the 1987 Musar to accompany it.

    I had tried this one once before, from the same batch, and it was a rare Musar disappointment. Storage issue, I assumed. As I gently tugged on the cork of this one, it crumbled and broke, and when I finally removed it the wine had a little more brown tint to it than I expected. "Again? Damnit!" I thought to myself. Or, as they might say in the Bekaa Valley: "Haram!"

    But Musar has a track record of surprising me. After about an hour it unfurled into the unmistakable character to which I have grown accustomed. Spicy, funky fruit, long and well balanced, that I usually think of as a cross between Rioja and the Northern Rhone -- even though of course Musar has neither syrah nor tempranillo. The fruit is fading a bit, but the wine is 32 years old. Even if nowhere near my favorite Musar, the wine was highly enjoyable. (No doubt the pairing helped.) The 1986 remains my all-time favorite, and the 1990, 1993 and 1995, tasted in recent years, have been near that level as well.

  • johnrm Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 11, 2018 - Good when first opened but better on standing for 3-4 hours after double decanting. Even better next day. 'Sweet' cherries, cherry brandy and a melange of red fruits on the nose. Soft and integrated with great complexity, good acidity and excellent length but not heavy. A wine that deserves time before pouring and during tasting. Great with food but it rewards calm contemplation and, unusually for me, I prefer it on its own. The complexity and length mean that a glass can last me for an hour or more of occasional sipping. Memorable.

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  • Tony Molester Likes this wine:

    February 11, 2018 - No formal note. Decanted for 90 minutes and then tasted over 2h, the wine was surprisingly open straight away. It is clearly mature, but far from being feeble. We greatly enjoyed it over the course of the meal and evening. Cloves and cinnamon, a savoury aftertaste, wrapped in that Musar lightness that is so appealing. A great wine, and fully mature...

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    11-14% abv says the label...

  • sharonandroland Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 24, 2017 - Very classic style of Musar

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1987
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chateau Musar
  • Varietal Red Blend
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  • Country Lebanon
  • Region Bekaa Valley
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  • Appellation n/a

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (1%)
  • In Cellars 82 (59%)
  • Consumed 56 (40%)

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