Red

1981 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
Drink between 1996 - 2015 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 42

  • Billigan Likes this wine: 97 points

    July 13, 2019 - On opening, the usual VA cloud hits your sniffer, but a short time in the decanter let that recede and the usual cornucopia of Musar aromas came wafting to the fore: dark coffee, cherry pie, walnut, beef blood, ash, leather, spice cabinet. Brought a smile to my face with every whiff. On the palate, perfectly resolved tannins and that unmistakable sweet cherry Musar fruit with tingly spices, acid, and VA varnish. Like old Beaucastel, the wines' flaws are always plain to see but somehow meld seamlessly into the wines' character, becoming virtues. What joy they give me!

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  • dcwino wrote: 92 points

    February 28, 2019 - Mostly Napa Cabernet Dinner (Eddie V's - Tysons Corner, VA): Served blind to others as RJ showed me the wine before wrapping. Beautiful clearly red with yellow brown rim. Fully mature nose displaying very ripe red fruit, cherry, cherry liqueur, sous bois, smoke meat, ash, animal and earth. Fully integrated palate, subtle sweet red fruit, lean and fluid, bright acidity, fully resolved tannins and a medium to long subtle cherry fruit driven finish with ash and animal at the end. This reminds me the 81 Torres Gran Coronas Reserva Reserva a bit but even subtler fruit. Most guess as old school Cab. Mark gets the vintage right but wrong continent. I imagine this would have been extremely ripe and almost unpleasant in the first ten to twenty years. This is a classic Musar.

  • mtolerico Likes this wine: 90 points

    February 28, 2019 - Cassis, currants, massive amounts of cinnamon, top soil, cherry, clean fresh fruit, great balance. Served blind, guessed new world Cab from 1981. Always surprising how this wine holds up to the test of time. I'd drink up.

  • johnrm Likes this wine: 94 points

    January 1, 2019 - The wine has been stored in ideal conditions since it was purchased, soon after release. The level was well up to the lower neck of the bottle. Heavy deposit. On the basis of past old Musar corks, I used a two-pronged 'waiter's friend' and the cork came out smoothly despite being friable. Decanted and kept for 3+ hours before tasting over another 3 hours.
    Lighter colour but with good density - brick red with brown at the edge but more youthful than expected.
    The nose opened gradually but was fragrant with old-fashioned-rose perfume developing. It continued to open with extended time in the glass. Perhaps a hint of balsamic later.
    The palate is deceptively light but remarkably complex, given its age. Good body with sweet fruit - cherry and orange/kumquat notes at first. Lots of spice. With time, the cherry seemed to sweeten further and morphed into cherry conserve with other fruits including (over-) ripe strawberry, raspberry, and quince later. A complex, evolving palate. Long in the mouth with good acidity and soft, integrated tannin. A second glass showed a hint of sulphur at first but this vanished over a minute or so.
    This was my one remaining bottle so I chose my time to open it. I don't think this wine will improve in the future but it is certainly 'on song' at present.
    I was happy to postpone food and just enjoy the wine. Thoughts of precious time spent with Serge were ever-present as I immersed myself in the experience. Remarkable, unique wine that deserves a detailed note in my opinion.

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  • jonflo wrote: 88 points

    July 5, 2018 - Extrem mineralisch, schön aber über dem Zenith

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  • By Richard Jennings
    6/25/2015 (link) 94 points

    (Chateau Musar) Bricking medium red violet color; aromatic, mature, dried berry, spice box, old leather, cedar nose; silky textured, delicious, dried berry, licorice, spice box, old leather, cedar palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish

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  • By Kelli White
    April 2009 (link)

    (Château Musar Red) An exuberant, playful nose of chocolate milk, clover honey, and molasses. Floral aromas such as violets emerge when the glass is nearly empty. Long, savory, slightly bitter finish. Changes constantly.
    Terroir: Bekaa Valley

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  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2004 (link) 18.5 points

    (Chateau Musar) Unsurprisingly this is the most pallid wine, although it has a beautiful colour, with a brick-red core fading to an orange rim. The nose, initially a little reticent, yields to reveal sweet meats, camomile, liquorice and leather, and then a metallic and vegetal richness. Beautiful texture on entry, the midpalate loses its initial hollow streak to show a creamy svelteness. Great character, so typical of Musar, with meaty-leather flavour. You can sense a little extract and still a little grip, particularly in the finish which is stained with tannin. Still going strong at twenty-three years of age! Excellent.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1981
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chateau Musar
  • Varietal Red Blend
  • Designation n/a
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  • Country Lebanon
  • Region Bekaa Valley
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  • Appellation n/a
  • UPC Code 611482000206

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  • Pending Delivery 2 (1%)
  • In Cellars 156 (71%)
  • Consumed 61 (28%)

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