Red

1998 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 207

  • ZMAng Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 12, 2019 - From half bottle. Tawny / rusty red. Initial nose of grilled meat, then dried black fruit. Sweet black fruit (prunes in particular), some mushroom on the palate, silky, enough acidity to be nicely balanced. Long finish.

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  • Templeton100 Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 22, 2019 - Somebody posted previously that this is like Port. They are so right. This is a gorgeous wine, with a super long finish, very refined tannins, currently at its peak, I would imagine. Ignore the comments that this is past its best. If you have a well preserved bottle, this is a superb wine, in a traditional Bordeaux style, like they used to make them. Terrific wine!

  • Pålla wrote: 87 points

    May 19, 2019 - Liker musar yngre, denne blir litt vel mye stall/fjøs

  • DougLee wrote: 92 points

    May 6, 2019 - Opened to accompany grilled steaks after hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park. Bought this bottle at Cured, Boulder (thanks for the advice). Cork disintegrated, had to push it through. Medium garnet. Nose of red currant, thistle, floral notes, stone, meaty tones. Hearty layers of red currant, plum, beef blood, rock, and a certain wild sauvage element on the palate. Ample acidity and firm but smoothed tannin leading to a long finish of stony red fruit with pleasant bite at the end. Delicious and seemingly made for the great outdoors.

  • mflesh wrote: 93 points

    April 13, 2019 - D5. Tastes like 87 Napa. Entry of aged blackberry and pepper. A little earthy middle. Some shoe leather and dates. Hint of raisin on the finish. Soft tannin and even a little acidic. This bottle is ready to consume! First Musar for me and hopefully won't be my last.

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

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

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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.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2005 (link) 16+ points

    (Chateau Musar) Less dense than the 1999. Some good fruit on the nose, a classic style, but with less obvious spice. Moderate concentration on the palate, showing leather and carraway spice. This does not have the impact of the 1999. Good; will improve in the cellar.

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, 5017469110909, 5017469119704, 5017469119803, 5017469119902, 611482056203, 611482364414

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 57 (3%)
  • In Cellars 1,335 (59%)
  • Consumed 876 (39%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Lam, Okse, And, Beef, beef tenderloin, Biff, Chicken, Duck, Lagrade ostar, Lamb

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97% Like It  79 votes

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