Red

1995 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 158

  • KenPlace wrote: 92 points

    May 28, 2019 - Very consistent from opening through the end of the bottle. Somewhat sweet fruit profle, with what seemed a mixture of Bordeaux, Rhone and a touch of Burgundy. Still has lots of life.

  • LWI wrote: 90 points

    March 6, 2019 - Dried fruit and logs, volatile, Cognac feel, some spice; medium weight and quite long, a complex finish, no tannin, high acidity makes it unbalanced, burning alcohol sensation - I wonder what the ABV really is. Interesting, complex, but wild and volatile with alcoholic finish.

    A half-emptied glass held up very well on day 2, a bit more harmonious.

  • RajivAyyangar wrote: 98 points

    February 27, 2019 - Three Musar's at Ashish's (Ashish's): Double-decanted 10 hrs before.

    Initial impressions: The VA-blackcurrant note seems more vibrant than the last bottle. Perfumed. Like the fruit is riding on VA. It's perfumed but a bit monolithic and almost simple compared to the previous bottle. There's a slight impression of raisination - like slightly overripe blackcurrant. Balsamic notes with a bit of funky manure Brett. Elegant and long finish. It seems to be Benjamin buttoning - it seems almost more youthful than before.

    1 hr later: The perfumed nose opened up to cinnamon and baking spice. Caramel. Baked apple pie crust. There’s a note that resembles the Musar Whites a bit. Coffee, butterscotch, aged scotch, sweet toffee. Bourbon. Glazed carrots. Slight spun sugar. Baked and burnt carrot. Baked glazed yam. Salted toffee. Soy molasses like toro albala.

    2 hrs later: Ok now it’s awake! Perfumed and intense, reminiscent of a 1946 Toro Albala. The nose smells black as night. Now it’s unbelievably intense. Obsidian. Iridescent. Vibrant and denser than all the wines at the table. Explosive and expansive. It seems to infinite, fractal detail. A study in black

    The intensity of hard to overstate. It’s taking over the structure and any physical impression of the wine. Tasting this after ‘95 Ridge and ‘95 Dunn, it dwarfs them. Phenomenal. Maybe a glimpse of its next stage of evolution - a new type of darker fruit. It really is starting to remind me of the 1972.

  • aagrawal wrote: 96 points

    February 27, 2019 - Dinner with the wine group (Millbrae, CA): Double decant 8AM. Clear light-medium ruby with moderate bricking; nose while decanting had high intensity aromatics, in the glass is medium-high intensity with tertiary notes of mulch, umami; palate is medium bodied, medium balanced alcohol, medium-plus fresh acidity throughout, a strong complex savory tamari note throughout the palate, slight balsamic, red berries but certainly not fruit driven; finish is long. Even now this is superb (94++), but I know this will improve significantly by dinner.
    5 hours in glass vs. in bottle: The wine in the glass wasn't that different from when it was first opened, maybe even a but more thin. Out of the bottle, completely different. Richer, on the nose and the palate, and certainly improving. Lovely, lovely wine. Based on the in-glass vs. in bottle comparison, I'm glad I double decanted and didn't leave it in the decanter. 96+
    A few hours into dinner: more acetone, more toffee, caramel, a bit sweeter on the palate, almost like a sweeter dessert wine now. Completely different, just metamorphosed into a completely different wine.
    Day 2: Aromatic, soy, balsamic; palate still seems like it has some black fruits and good density, but overall less complex than yesterday. 30 hours double decant is too much, at least for the last 2oz in the bottle.

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  • Dobi77 Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 6, 2018 - Kaffe, røyk, mocca, sursøtt, rikt. I munnen er det kirsebær, rips, solbær. Litt alkohol, en del alder. Tørket frukt, mineraler, syre, tanniner. Bordeauxpreg. (Eer det ikke sursøtt fra italia, så er det Musar). Saftig og god. Nydelig struktur og syre. Bra lengde 91-92

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  • By Richard Jennings
    3/14/2016 (link) 93 points

    (Chateau Musar) Bricked medium dark red violet color; mature, roasted berry, VA, black cherry, lavender pastille nose; mature, black cherry, spice, dried cherry, ripe berry, black raspberry, lavender pastille, coriander palate; long finish 93+ points

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2010 (link) 17.5 points

    (Chateau Musar (Bekaa Valley)) It is five years since I broached one of these and today it looks just as mature as I described it then - but I think that is typical of Musar; these wines look mature earlier than you might expect, but then fade in terms of intensity of colour very slowly, over many years. The nose gives a big acetic blast at first, but then more complex aromatics come to the fore, very animally in style, especially with notes of warm and sweaty horsehair. And alongside this ball of fur there is sweetly baked fruit, notes of black olive and Germolene ointment, smoke and pepper. Quite intense and sweet in style, and this comes through on the palate too which has a layer of sweetly roasted meats, piles of flavour and a broad, peppered character. Lots of structure here still, raw tannins and a juicy-sour acidity which dominates the finish giving it a little balsamic note. Very long, and still needing a lot of time - another 5-10 years before this really settles down I think. The best showing yet for this wine.

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  • By Kelli White
    April 2009 (link)

    (Château Musar Red) Elegant and perfumed nose with confected elements like candied figs and violets. Subtle, savory tones of sweat and bacon grease develop in the glass. Fuller in the mouth than the nose would indicate. Startlingly long finish. Terroir: Bekaa Valley

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/12/2007 (link) 95 points

    (Chateau Musar) Decanted for 2 hours at the restaurant. Medium red color with pale edges; lovely mature, rich, cherry and horseradish nose; tasty, tart cherry, horseradish, tangy, medium-plus finish (I poured this as a mystery wine, after letting it decant for nearly two hours. Guesses included older Chateauneuf du Pape and 2000 Clos des Papes. It even garnered two votes for WOTF.)

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/4/2007 (link) 94 points

    (Chateau Musar) Medium red color with pale meniscus; barnyard, horseradish nose; tasty, tart cherry and horseradish palate with depth and focus, but needs more time; medium-plus finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2005 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Musar) A fairly deep burgundy-oxblood hue, fading to a pink-orange rim. Classic Musar nose; sweet strawberry and cherry fruit, overlaid with leather, sweetly marinated and grilled meat, mushrooms and plenty of ethyl acetate Musar character. Dripping with ripe, sweet fruits on the palate, with a citrus-peel, cinnamon and coffee-tinged character, and a volatile finish, the palate is full-bodied with a firm structure and plenty of substance. This is a Musar set for the long haul. Very good indeed.

  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2004 (link) 16.5 points

    (Chateau Musar) This is a fascinating example of how the memory can deceive. I have tasted both the 1995 and the 1996 before, but never together. Head-to-head the 1995 clearly takes it. This has a touch more depth of colour in the glass. Classic, full-blown, in your face Musar on the nose, with piles of volatile acids resembling a blend of polystyrene cement and acetone - this is for Musar-lovers only - although with time in the glass the intensity of aroma does lessen. Alongside are some roasted fruits, with touches of orange peel and cinnamon. Great substance on the palate, good extract, plenty of body and texture. Roast fruits and game, still with a ripe tannic shroud that will fall away soon. Balanced, but firm. Needs three to four years in the cellar but will then drink for a decade or more.

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2002 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau Musar) This wine has a good rich colour. Although it's not quite as deep and eye-catching as the 1994, it looks very good nevertheless. The nose is full of leather and spice, with a slightly tarry-edged blackberry fruit, and the hallmark Musar volatile acidity. Despite these classic aromas the palate still has a few surprises, with strong animalistic flavours, with roasted herbs and meat, together with some style and elegance coming from the fruit. This is great stuff - in fact, delicious!

  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2001 (link) 16.5 points

    (Chateau Musar) A deeply coloured wine, although not as dense as the 1994. Trademark volatile acidity is quite prominent on the nose, together with plenty of fruit. A nicely structured palate, with a good level of spicy black fruit and well integrated tannins which stand up well to the still prominent acidity. This has more volatile acidity than the 1994, but it is still a lovely Musar for those that follow this producer.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1995
  • 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 5017469119308, 5017469119506, 611482000268, 611482012995

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (1%)
  • In Cellars 858 (60%)
  • Consumed 561 (39%)

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Angus, duck and lamb courses, Game, Lamb

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