Red

1997 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 164

  • Crispin Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 12, 2019 - Amazing.

  • cliftonng wrote: 90 points

    May 26, 2019 - There was leather, red fruit and pepper on the nose. The medium weight palate showed good acidity and despite the tannins being resolved, the fruit was still fresh enough to make me think there is ageing potential.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • jlgnml Likes this wine: 94 points

    May 8, 2019 - Decanted for 1 1/2 hrs and it could have used more. Good color, terrific nose, different but delicious. Had it with lamb chops.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Biglama Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 11, 2019 - prachtig glas, nog zo levendig, aparte stijl, heel veel karakter

  • Paul852 Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 9, 2019 - Last of my 6 pack, and still in a good place. I decanted 4.5 hours ahead of drinking, then back in the bottle 3 hours ahead to take to the restaurant; not decanted again.

    It's very different from the 1999, which is much fuller, but this gives an opportunity to appreciate the finer points of the classic Musar: spicy fruit, nice acidity, minimal, well-integrated tannins, without it all being too much in your face.

    We drank it alongside a couple of 2009 Bordeaux and it held its own very well.

    With so many vintages to choose from I'm agonising now over whether to get some more of these in to see how they develop futher into their third decade.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2007 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Musar) A really vibrant, reflective character in the glass, and a fairly typical Musar nose of rather furry fruit, exotic spices leather and a streak of volatile acidity. Rich with plenty of substance on the palate, rather nicely integrated though with well rounded edges. Deeply flavoured, creamy-oily character, and without doubt it has the longevity that Musar is capable of. Enjoy now and over the next decade or two.

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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

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  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2004 (link) 16.5 points

    (Chateau Musar) At the time of writing, the most recent vintage. Obvious volatile acidity on initial nosing, but this soon disappears behind some baked cherry fruit and leather, and classic gamy, animal notes. What lovely balance on the palate though - the wine positively glides. Good acidity, with some soft, ripe tannins which hardly show until the finish. There's a hint of creamy richness but overall what it has is elegance. Should drink well for five to ten years, and may well keep for longer.

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2012 (link) 17 points

    (Chateau Musar (Bekaa Valley)) A huge blast of volatile acidity as the cork is pulled, so there's no reason to suspect this is anything other than classic Musar. Happily some other elements do come to the fore, although they too are very typical, with baked berry fruits, leather and juniper berries. Quite a full character at the start on the palate, with a sweet, aged leather tone, and a sour edge to the fruit, the acid and flesh of the wine coming together quite nicely. Still showing plenty of good substance, with a good frame and grip to it. Firm, vibrant and sour in the finish. Slow but certain development here; I suspect as I wrote five years ago (remarkably, the last time I tasted this) that this will go for decades.

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, 611482030029, 611482364414

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  • Pending Delivery 10 (1%)
  • In Cellars 818 (60%)
  • Consumed 527 (39%)

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