Red

1998 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
Drink between 2010 - 2022 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 237

  • ETT95 wrote: 92 points

    September 22, 2020 - A superb wine. Colour starts to fade and is a bit cloudy, but not the aromas. It delivers intense leather and forest aromas both at nose and on palate. Structure is still strong that the acidity is not taking over. The fruit has became tertiary and it more on the ripe red cherries side. It is round and smooth on palate, not at all angular. It is best for those who enjoy old, developed wines. Should stay delicious for another 3-5 years before going down the slope, as fruit might not be sufficient to support extended cellaring.

  • Theno23 Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 20, 2020 - Cork completely saturated, so care needed to remove, and lots of sediment, so decant carefully.

    Decanted about 30 mins, but would have benefited from more.

    Forrest floor, earthy, red berries, some leather. More Burgundian in style. Excellent. No idea how much longer it will be good for.

  • ploher wrote: 94 points

    September 4, 2020 - Decanted for about 5h before drinking. Very ripe, almost slightly rotten strawberries, blood and iron, quite smoky, some barnyard and tobacco on the nose; very complex and multi-layered. Soft palate, quite evolved, more so than the 1997, with very sweet fruit; again these ripe strawberries, all somehow "honeyed", with juicy blood orange on the long finish. Reminds me a bit of a mature Nebbiolo but of course much more funky. With more time in the glass the acidity increases and the wine gets more freshness. But quite smoky for a Musar. Just gets better from glass to glass, as a top wine should. Drinking beautifully, but no hurry of course.

  • capt_capitalism wrote: 93 points

    August 1, 2020 - Pale brick / ruby.
    Smells of forest floor, damp earth, mint, dried herbs, brett, mushroom.
    Tastes of faint red fruit, dried cherry; oak, vanilla; mint, leather / shoe polish.

  • BuckeyeBenS Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 15, 2020 - Just super. Used a two prong cork remover but don't think I needed to do so. Very little penetration of the cork, so more time in the cellar if you are inclined. Sediment is present, take your time pouring. Pale red rusty color with an incredible nose. Gave this a 3 hour decant, but cheated with a little pour in the glass right away to mark its evolution. Out of the bottle there was strong stone earth, ripe berries and potent minerals, along with other softer floral notes. Given proper time to breathe everything blends harmoniously together to delight the senses. It becomes quite elegant if you have patience to give it the decant-time required. Really loved this wine. There is nothing else quite like it. Drinking fabulously.

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  • By Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW
    Ch√Ęteau Musar, 6/12/2020 (link)

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

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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.

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  • 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 56 (2%)
  • In Cellars 1,750 (58%)
  • Consumed 1,206 (40%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

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

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