Red

1997 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
Drink between 2008 - 2019 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 192

  • rossi.wine wrote: 90 points

    November 22, 2020 - Lovely Musar-nose: exotic spices, cedar wood, old leather, tobacco. On the palate a little thin, no too much fruit, the acidity a little overbearing. Good length. 89-91

  • DOConnell4 Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 11, 2020 - More earth on the nose then on the pallet

  • Paul852 Likes this wine: 91 points

    September 11, 2020 - Another excellent bottle this evening, with a restaurant dinners of Bedouin-inspired fare. (I bought it direct from Musar's distributor here.)

    The core was a little soft (soaked maybe 50% through), but came out cleanly in one piece. Double decanted, removing light+ sediment, about 2 hours before we started to drink.

    This is no longer an "in your face" Musar (we followed it with a 2011, qv, which is still in that mode) - the nose was spicey, quite clean, just the slightest hint of funk; the palate was complex, but subtle, and unmistakeably Musar. Different food, some of it lightly spiced, brought out different taste elements and it complemented the middle eastern fare perfectly. There was still just a slight acidic bite on the finish, suggesting there's still a few years life left in well-kept bottles of this.

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  • Justinneal654 Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 10, 2020 - A touch old, loads of funk, barnyard, still live acidity, some dark fruit, perhaps unripe blueberry. Mostly mineral, hint metallic and some herbal layers.

    For sure needs time. At least an hour decant.

    Not stellar but a fun experience.

  • JOEABR wrote: 94 points

    June 27, 2020 - Can only echo notes of others recent notes. Purchased from Flikinger in 2016. Haven’t had a Musar in 15+ years but I won’t wait that long again. This was masterful, exotic, elegant, refined, easy to drink. Went great with takeout from Zahav (Philadelphia) due to Covid. 94

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  • By Gary Vaynerchuk
    Lebanon Wines and How They Taste., Episode #115, 10/25/2006 (link) 91 points

    (CHAT MUSAR) #1b; NOSE-massive, dark dried cherries, raisins, hint of Bazooka Joe bubble gum; TASTE-fantastic, dried sour cherry all the way, long finish, great structure, little light, but elegant, DELICIOUS, very impressed, awesome bordeaux style; GV-91

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • 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 2057369119704, 5017469119704, 611482012995, 611482030029, 611482364414

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 17 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,054 (62%)
  • Consumed 627 (37%)

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