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1998 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
Drink between 2012 - 2024 (Edit)
CT91.4 555 reviews

Community Tasting Notes 437

  • Hendmo Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 22, 2023 - In a perfect drinking window, short decant reveals lovely pure purple fruits, and just a bit undergrowth, cured meats, leather and the slightest hint of barnyard to add complexity, but largely still fresh, silky smooth and a real treat.

  • Sir Lee wrote:

    September 1, 2023 - Smooth, mellow, understated, medium finish; after 25 years of cellaring it has shed the tannic bite of its youth. It stands on its own so nobly that an entire glass can be enjoyed on its own between courses with no food.

  • funderwood10 Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 28, 2023 - Tannins have stripped away and have revealed a delicious wine with a great blend of primary and tertiary flavors, a decently long finish… only needs 30 min of air to lose the long nap funk. This is so good, on its own or with food, refreshing enough with a decant for sediments that it’s even a nice summer wine. Spectacular. Only would’ve been better with a bit more tannic grip, but it’s 25 yrs old, how can I hold that against it

  • honest bob wrote: 92 points

    July 22, 2023 - From 75cl, good cork (successfully extracted using a normal corkscrew, despite the producer's dire warnings), decanted 4 hours, improved in glass until final drop. Very pale red-brick/orange colour. Initially high-octane-sh**/barnyard smell settled down a bit after decanting. Intense, healthy sweetness on the entry; gentle acidic gain on the mid-palate, high concentration, serious stuffing; the finish tates like heavenly strawberry jam, but in a good way. This outstanding bottle was packed solid, and might well have lasted another 25 years if we hadn't consumed it this evening. 92P

  • enthusiastic_amateur wrote: 82 points

    July 3, 2023 - Dilute & watery body combined with dried out fruit. Not a good showing for this producer.

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  • By Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW
    Château Musar, 6/12/2020 (link)

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


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

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


  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2005 (link)

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

    (Chateau Musar) Bricking medium dark red violet color; aromatic, mature, tobacco, dried berry, dried cherry, dried herb, brett nose; silky textured, dried cherry, dried berry, cardamom, violet pastille, black cherry, hookah cherry tobacco palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    6/25/2015 (link) 92 points

    (Chateau Musar) Bricking medium red violet color; mature, tobacco, cedar box, dried porcini mushroom nose; tasty, mature, tobacco, cedar, dried porcini mushroom, dried red fruit palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/4/2007 (link) 92 points

    (Chateau Musar) Medium red color with pale meniscus; tart red fruit and cherry nose with focus; tasty, less fruit than the '99, with meat jus and horseradish; medium finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    9/19/2007 (link) 92 points

    (Chateau Musar) Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; plum, fig and bramble notes on nose; tasty, tart red fruit, good medium bodied with tangy plum and a sense of horseradish, reminiscent of a mature Chateauneuf du Pape; medium finish 92+ pts.

  • By Richard Jennings
    2/23/2007 (link) 93 points

    (Chateau Musar) Wonderful nose, like a mature Rayas, with mint, leather and licorice notes; drinks like a mature CdP, with beef and leather notes, medium-plus finish. Can't wait to try it with lamb, especially shawarma.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • 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 5017469110008, 5017469110206, 5017469110909, 5017469119704, 5017469119803, 5017469119902, 5017469139801, 5017469310002, 5017469410009, 611482056203, 611482364414

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 64 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,375 (59%)
  • Consumed 2,975 (40%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Lam, Okse, Lamb, Storfe, storvilt, And, Beef, beef tenderloin, Biff, Braised Lamb

Who Likes This Wine

98% Like It  230 votes

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