March 14, 2016 - Chateau Musar Dinner (Pera, San Francisco): Cloudy, garnet; palate is highly oxidative with sherry notes, nutty; palate is oxidized, very much like sherry. As of right now, this is flawed due to oxidation.
March 13, 2016 - Musar Vertical with B. Broadbent (Pera SF): Serge was just a man, and his wines are not invincible. This one was clearly maderized - a nose like a fino sherry. Light and nutty with clear acetaldehyde.
Light brown and cloudy, this deepened in color a bit to brown with a tinge of garnet. The nose seemed to make a slight resurgence, with a hint of exhausted blackberry.
The next morning it was weirdly darker in color, but still quite oxidized. The acetaldehyde was less overt, but on the other hand there was intense ethyl acetate / acetone / VA.
no score - Flawed.
April 26, 2015 - Full and sturdy but almost not as flavorful as the lighter 74...could this 46 year old wine be a little too young still? Still has a youthful sweetness, and really it could have used being decanted longer, even though it's been in this glass for an hour (growing all the time!). Cedar and spice box, really quite beautiful and classic, and with plenty of tannin and length to keep going for who knows how many years.
August 21, 2014 - Verticale Musar (Restaurant al Sad, Choueir): Robe acajou, nez caustique, thé noir, encens. Très animal.
Acidité remarquable, belle longueur.
November 30, 2013 - The Twelveth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON): Obviously a very mature, slightly oxidative, and somewhat bretty and volatile wine. Nose of wet leaves, nut shells, dried orange rind, potpourri, ash and tea leaves. This is very developed and feels just a bit past prime albeit still pleasurable. Palate feels very light with little left in the way of fruit. Finish carries on fairly long with notes of leaves and spice.
November 30, 2013 - The Twelfth Annual Stonefields Dinner (Guelph, ON, Canada): The nose shows black tea, mixed nuts and some sweat, earth and incense.
The palate again shows black tea, cherry, wet leaves, forrest floor and sweat. This is quite developed and might have been better a few years back.
Finish is medium+ in length with good complexity.
July 17, 2013 - After a 78 and 79 which were going downhill, I had a reserver when I pulled this bottle but it was not needed. A glorious bottle. Beautifully balances. Soft tannins, low acid etc etc. How a bottle of 50 years age could be so soft is amazing. It was an old bottle, and obviously so, but oh so lovely and drinkable. Maybe there is a very fine line between old and lovely and old but acidic, but thi bottle was firmly on the lovely side Beautiful.
June 1, 2012 - Five Decades of Chateau Musar....with Serge Hochar (Shanghai Room, Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong): Tasted blind as one of 12 vintages over 5 decades. Small serving. Transparent, distinct bricking edges and a more pronounced amber colour....a really beautiful colour. Nose is older, barnyard, , some horse sweat, patchouli oil, classic Musar incense, damp socks...all somewhat austere if that isn't contradictary. Palate is great acidic attack, and gorgeous....rubber tyres....very light mouthfeel....Burgundian....some iron filings....finishing with a very light, perfumed resonance. Unfortunately, it was a fleeting pleasure....it dropped off a cliff very quickly. My #12, group's #8 (but with two #1s). It would be unfair to point this without caressing an entire bottle.
December 10, 2010 - Some old stuffs on a casual friday: Alcohol :: NA
Cloudy faded garnet red that show this is real age! Old wine aromas of earthy, mushroom, truffle with fish market kind of stink along with lots sweet fruits , strong dried fig with orange chocolate note. A well made solid wine with firm structure as this is lightly tannic still. The wine is very much alive as the intense, mature palate showing off with heavy mushroom, truffle with dried orange peel and spiciness that is firmly knit by the structure with clean, dry finish. Not a crowd pleaser for sure but this is very stylish and character on it's own. Some actually prefer this to the Dominus as this is definitely a very interesting wine. Buy - No
May 14, 2009 - Musar with Serge Hochar: On the nose this is much young and fresher than the 1977. There are soft, mature red fruits; warm, gentle, woody spice and a faint hint of curry.
Superb palate. Evolved, mature, but with a lovely red fruit freshness. There's a good tannic structure still persisting. It lingers in the mouth for ages. Much more youthful than the 1977.
Returning to it after a little time, the tannins seem more evident.