Red

1972 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
Drink between 1992 - 2019 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 21

  • Goldstone Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 17, 2019 - Ch. Musar Dinner with Marc Hochar (The Bunker, Crown Wine Cellars, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Pre-decanted for around 6 hours by Marc Hochar. Surprisingly, my first experience of this vintage. Slightly dusky velvet red in colour. Nose is WOW!....very tertiary but still so fresh....so sniffable...ethereal....this is angels dancing in your cerbral cortex. Palate is deep, plummy and rich with hints of cognac....almost Christmas pudding because it also has that nuttiness. It just resonates and resonates lightly in your head forever. Gosh, beautiful.

  • RajivAyyangar wrote: flawed

    April 22, 2016 - Musar Maniacs part II (Pera SF): Bottle condition: Sunken cork ~0.5cm. Upper-mid-shoulder fill. Cork was soaked through and came out in pieces.

    Out of the bottle: Smells bit cork-like (not necessarily TCA, but actually like cork). Dried-out hard-cheese rind, and significant acetaldehyde. Not sure if this is corked. I don't think so. Definitely not as good as the other bottle out of the gate - the other was completely open and ready to go.

    At the tasting: Clearly corked. Many tears.

  • aagrawal wrote: 90 points

    March 14, 2016 - Chateau Musar Dinner (Pera, San Francisco): Aromatic nose with some brett, but that blows off, still has pretty good fruit on the nose, some clove spice; palate is medium-full bodied, still some fruit, fades quickly but also seems pretty young in terms of its structure; medium finish. Nice, enjoyable, but I preferred the younger bottlings. 90

  • RajivAyyangar wrote: 100 points

    March 13, 2016 - Musar Vertical with B. Broadbent (Pera SF): Double-decanted an hour in advance.

    This wine seems to prove my theory that Musar doesn’t merely hang on to its fruit longer than other wines, it actually changes out its primary fruit for a completely different fruit, which I’ll refer to somewhat oxymoronically as “tertiary fruit.”

    Moderate ruby-garnet to an orange rim. It was phenomenal straight out of the bottle, with tertiary dark blackberry essence leaping from the glass. It doesn’t show much oxidation at all. Savory integrated brett, complex tamari and blackcurrant notes. Rounded softened tannins, but still present. I can’t believe how good this is!

    Overall the character was similar to the ’95 but with an added tone of brilliant blackness. Slightly toasty, blackened and charred blackberry essence. Also at various moments, dried apricot, orange peel, amaro herbal notes, anise, flemish sour notes, like a rich BFM brew.

    Age with power. Complexity with playfulness. Wisdom with unpredictability.

    Is this where the ’95 is headed? Will it be different when it reaches this stage? What was the ’72 like in its youth? How many transformations has it gone through? What did it taste like in 1976, when Serge sipped a bottle amidst bombs in his home in Beirut? Where does this magical “tertiary fruit” come from? What will become of it?

    Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent and taste the wine.

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  • kenv Likes this wine: 87 points

    November 5, 2015 - WCC Blind Tasting of Chateau Musar and Chateau Montrose (Salty's Pub & Bistro, Clifton Park, NY): [Double decanted for one hour the previous evening.] No nose. Silky. Tart mulch, pleasant.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/14/2016 (link) 96 points

    (Chateau Musar) Bricked medium dark red violet color; aromatic, ginger cake, black cherry, black forest cake, cherry liqueur, dried fig, caramel syrup nose; rich, delicious, hedonistic, caramel syrup, cherry syrup, dried cherry, raspberry syrup, fig puree palate with balancing acidity; long finish (a party in a glass)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1972
  • 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

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  • Pending Delivery 1 (1%)
  • In Cellars 89 (77%)
  • Consumed 26 (22%)

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