Red

2008 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 83

  • Rune_73 Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 21, 2019 - Pretty good!

  • mysterycooper Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 4, 2019 - I largely agree with MFLESH below.

    Black fruit, leather & cut cedar, plum.
    Focused, dense and juicy blackberry with a sweet spice and oak finish.
    A primary Musar even at eleven years young.
    Won't touch the other 2 for at least 5 or so years.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • Paul852 Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 19, 2019 - My youngest Musar to date, and it's very nice and smooth. It seems to me that Musar is getting a bit less "rustic" over the years, which makes it different, but not necessarily worse.

    I decanted this (there was just a little light sediment in the bottle) and started to drink immediately. The nose is the pure spicy fruit that we all associate with Musar, but with none of the funk that some of us love.

    On the palate it's very smooth indeed - nice moderate tannins and spicy fruits. The finish is quite long. There is just a little acidity. There's not much evolution over an hour or two beyond the tannins getting a little more bite (classic Musar needed hours to settle down).

    It's very nice, but it doesn't have the "wow" factor that older vintages had. It would pair with many foods - lamb is the obvious meat, but it's working well for me with some cheeses.

    So it's very nice, but I guess the days of the old "love it or hate it" Musar are gone.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • mflesh wrote: 93 points

    June 14, 2019 - Nice wine. Although "young" compared to the others I've had which are in the 80's and 90's, this wine is a really nice change of pace. Nose still has the brambly, fruit and tobacco and almost 'foresty' notes that the older ones have a bit more of (and, to me, have QUITE a bit more of). Yet, on the palate this is a combination of sweet and tart fruit. Plum, hint of raisin, tobacco, hint of herb with nice bracing acidity on the finish. I think this wine would go very nicely with a myriad of foods, without trying to compete or outdo those foods. Seems IMO to be more in balance than the ones with 10-20 more years.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • shallIshantI Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 5, 2019 - 2001 – 92. A real testament to the winemaker’s skill. See previous verticals. It’s now 18 years old and you can still taste that distinct fresh fruit on the palate. Just starting to get a little lighter now.
    2002 – 90. That sharp spritz that we previously got on the front of the tongue has now finally gone.
    2003 – 89. Odd one out of the evening. More ‘meaty’ and savoury. Went fine with food. We had previously found the 2003 to be much smoother.
    2004 – 92. Yes, back to that medicinal cherry lozenges punch
    2005 – 93. Drinking very well now. Hint of spiciness.
    2007 – 92. A deeper, heavier year. You can still find some 2007’s at the larger retailers and it’s ready. Had the strongest bouquet of the lot
    2007 Magnum – 93. We had fun here, putting a magnum and a standard bottle of the same year up against each other. Was there a difference? Yes. Would you know if you did not have them side by side? Unlikely. This was the star of the night. Ripe fruit. Think warm sunshine.
    2008 – 91. Youngest one here and it shows immediately just looking at the rims comparing it with the others. It was the ‘reliable friend’ – easy drinking, plenty of fruit (evokes Christmas sweet spices) and went well with the cheese course
    A Billecart Salmon 1999 to start. All reds out of the Eurocave the night before, opened in the morning. Smoked duck with asparagus and a walnut dressing to start, beef filet with a shallot and port sauce, potatoes cooked with garlic and thyme, cheeses, rose possett with rhubarb.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • 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 5017469110800, 5017469117403, 5017469119803, 5017469120809, 6017352110800, 611482031118, 611482364414, 611482981307

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 74 (2%)
  • In Cellars 2,615 (81%)
  • Consumed 538 (17%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

BBQ, Beef, Lam, Lamb, Sopp, Storfe, but cam on the heavy body side., cheese, chermoula, could tolerate moderate spice.

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