Red

1999 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 483

  • hiker_guy Likes this wine:

    June 24, 2019 - Color:
    Clear with bricking rim. Looks like a Pinot in clarity and color.

    Nose:
    lovely floral notes, roses, cinnamon, leather, soft spice

    palate:
    Smooth as silk, layered, long. really very nice, This bottle is really very nice. Flavors indicate peak drinking for me. Lots of secondary notes. no hard edges, long silky finish.

    Would buy again.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • ccn wrote: 92 points

    June 19, 2019 - (from 375) Open for business and surprisingly mature from the first moment. Wow, there's a lot of structure a complexity here. I agree strongly with Richard Hemming who calls it a cross between a mature medoc and a souther rhone wine: there's structure, lovely acidity and balance, ripe tannins -- but also garrigue spice, olives, tree branches, olive leaves. And of course, that constant resiny sweetness that always gives Musar away in blind tastings. Of the 8-10 Musar vintages I've tasted, this is hands down the best.

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  • Keith Levenberg Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 18, 2019 - Less evolved than my last bottle of this, last year, which was a 375ml - this one has denser, darker fruit still holding on to some of its youthful sweetness and flesh along with a bit of tannic grit. There is some Musar barnyard funk on the nose but it's presented deftly in the usual Musar way that makes you scratch your head wondering how it's possible to be subtly, delicately, poopy - but there you have it.

    7 people found this helpful Comment
  • bubnos Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 25, 2019 - I'm slowly drinking my way through a Musar vertical, and of the ones I've drunk thus far (97/98/99/01/03/05/07/09), this is the standout and also by far the most "approachable" Musar for the uninitiated.

    On the nose, lower but still distinct VA levels and a far milder initial brett character. Powerful blue and red fruits and the usual spices and leather, but nowhere near as overpoweringly tertiary as some of the other older vintages. Great tannin, just enough to keep things in check but barely noticeable otherwise. One of the most elegant and balanced wines I've tried at a great QPR, this is close to peak and can be freely enjoyed.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
  • seijaro Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 24, 2019 - What a beauty! Smooth and full of fruit, tasted like a blend of Cab and Merlot. I got plums and chocolate with a long finish. Some browning that did not affect the taste.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson
    2/2/2018 (link)

    (Ch Musar Bekaa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Decanter

  • By Christelle Guibert
    Chateau Musar Masterclass 2017, 12/11/2017 (link)

    (Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Red) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2017, Issue #67, Château Musar The World’s Most Heroic Wine

    (Château Musar) Subscribe to see review text.

JancisRobinson.com

  • By Richard Hemming MW
    9/7/2015 (link)

    (Ch Musar Bekaa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    3/14/2016 (link) 95 points

    (Chateau Musar) Slightly bricking dark red violet color; aromatic, lifted, licorice, dried berry, ginger cake, clove, violets nose; silky textured, complex, delicious, dried berry, dried red berry, licorice, dried cherry palate; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/22/2011 (link) 93 points

    (Chateau Musar) Dark red violet color; rich, anise, dried berry, spicy black fruit, chocolatey nose; tasty, youthful, tart black fruit, spice, fig, dried berry palate; medium-plus finish 93+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    12/15/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Chateau Musar) Medium garnet red color; nice anise, baked black fruit, clove nose; tasty, baked black fruit, clove, berry, black raspberry, anise palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/18/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Chateau Musar) Dark garnet red color; herbal, lavender, black fruit, fig nose with a touch of brett; tasty, garrigue, lavender, dried plum, fig palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/30/2010 (link) 93 points

    (Chateau Musar) Bricking medium dark red violet color; lovely plum, dried red fruit, anise, bittersweet chocolate nose; tasty plum, berry, anise, tart black fruit palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/28/2010 (link) 94 points

    (Chateau Musar) Medium raspberry red color with pale meniscus; lovely cherry, berry, anise nose; tasty, currant, berry,tart cherry, anise palate; medium-plus finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2009 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Musar) Very typical Musar hue, rich and red but with a little bricking. The nose starts off very volatile, with plenty of animally farmyard, then more appealing character, notes of leather, baked black fruits and cinnamon. The palate is soft at first, then there is more substance and grip, with plenty of spice, tannin and texture. This is rich, mouthfilling and structured, and although delicious now - after a couple of hours in a decanter - this will be fine drinking over the next 10-20 years. Classic Musar for Musar fans.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/12/2009 (link) 95 points

    (Chateau Musar) Dark red violet color with pale meniscus; rich, ripe berry, chocolate, raspberry, smoke and dried berry nose; lovely, dried berry, black fruit, chocolate and plum palate; medium finish

Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    9/29/2008 (link)

    (Chateau Musar) It was just plain sick. Incredible nose of currants, cherry, cassis, brett, tea leaves, hay, earthy and burnt forest floor that kept getting more and more aromatically interesting as the evening went along. The palate was perfect. No hard edges at all with perfect integration of all fruit, tannin and nice crisp acids with a light velvety mouthfeel that lingered for what seemed like forever. Lovely lovely Musar and will easily last 20 years in the cellar.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/20/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Chateau Musar) Earthy, dried plum nose; ripe berry, herb and plum palate with charcoal notes; medium-plus finish 93+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/3/2008 (link) 94 points

    (Chateau Musar) Big dried and sour cherry nose; great, rich, tangy, plum, dried plum red fruit palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/17/2008 (link) 95 points

    (Chateau Musar) Garnet red color with clear meniscus; dried cherry and tobacco nose; lovely, sappy, plush, dried cherry, dried plum palate; medium-plus finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/4/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Chateau Musar) Light medium red color with pale edges; great barnyard and meaty, sweet meat and tart cherry nose; tasty, Rhone-like beef jus, pepper and horseradish palate; medium-plus finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2005 (link) 16.5+ points

    (Chateau Musar) A good depth of colour here. Good, spicy fruit on the nose. Full palate, some concentration, a classic style, ripe and very spicy. This has more power and concentration than I expected. Very good, with the usual Musar potential for the cellar.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1999
  • 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 4000137992021, 5017469119803, 5017469119902, 611482012995, 611482079936

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 102 (2%)
  • In Cellars 3,661 (62%)
  • Consumed 2,124 (36%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Casserole de veau, Hängmörad ryggbiff med klyftpotatis & bea, Teriyaki

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97% Like It  171 votes

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