Red

2004 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 194

  • Nels+ Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 29, 2019 - Aromatic and straight. Not that much bret- and barnyard-aromatic as expected. Ripe black fruits, sourcherry, tabacco. Good accidity, well balanced. Great effort!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • tobymccathie Likes this wine:

    September 15, 2019 - On opening a typical Musar nose but lacking the funk you expect. This was a much softer wine than last time. Typical Musar palate; cherries, strawberries a bit of spice. Some tasted blind and plumped for a left bank Bordeaux.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • macaujames Likes this wine: 92 points

    August 24, 2019 - Half bottle. 92/93. A fresher Musar. Has fantastic aromas of earth, baking spices, terracotta, cherries, raspberries and lingonberries Its medium to full bodied sculpted and shapely earthy red and blue fruits palate has superb depth and layers , decent but a bit volatile acidity. Ends long, fresh and flowing. 14%. Needs laying down 5 years+. Needs 5-6 hrs aeration.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • ZMAng wrote: 88 points

    August 23, 2019 - Half bottle. Medium ruby. Just opened - smoky meat, iron, dark fruit on nose. Rich and rather smooth. Sweet dark fruit on palate. Still rather direct/simple/primary and pruney, especially when compared to slightly older vintages such as the 2001. Medium to long, spicy finish. 87-89.
    Not much evolution over the couple of hours that this was consumed.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • forceberry wrote: 92 points

    August 3, 2019 - Somewhat translucent and ever-so-slightly hazy cherry red color with a developed maroon hue. Rich, somewhat developed and rather sweet-toned nose with sunny aromas of pruney dark fruit, wizened strawberries, some raisiny tones, a light sweet-toned note of VA, a hint of leather and a touch of raspberry jam. There's a subtly acetic streak in the background that lends a slightly Rodenbach-y character to the nose. The wine is medium-to-moderately full-bodied, ripe and sunny on the palate with dry, complex flavors of leather, wizened dark fruits, some funky barnyard notes, a little bit of sweet raspberry, light acetic notes of balsamico and a hint of dried and slightly jammy black cherries. The wine is medium-to-moderately high in acidity with firm, somewhat grippy medium-plus tannins. The finish is somewhat grippy, quite lengthy and wonderfully rich with complex, layered flavors of sweet, raisiny fruit and pruney character, some savory earthy character, a little bit of bitterness, light black cherry notes and a balsamic hint of VA.

    A rich, nuanced and layered Musar that is starting to show some lovely developed complexity at the age of 15 years. Doesn't show as much bretty funk as some vintages, but feels slightly more volatile with quite rich, acetic balsamico character that manages to suit the taste surprisingly well. Compared to the previous times I've tasted this particular vintage, this didn't feel as noticeably volatile as some bottles and at the same time the wine was more open and expressive than some bottles have been. All in all, perhaps the best 2004 Musar I've had to date. Lovely stuff, priced according to its quality at 43,89€.

    6 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By Christelle Guibert
    Chateau Musar Masterclass 2017, 12/11/2017 (link)

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

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

    (Château Musar) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Andrew Jefford
    Jefford on Monday: Bekaa Beauties, 12/19/2016 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/6/2011 (link)

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

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • 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 409900174024, 5017469110305, 5017469130402, 611482045009, 611482047898, 611482310015, 611482364414

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 34 (1%)
  • In Cellars 2,012 (63%)
  • Consumed 1,158 (36%)

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