Red

1997 Chateau Musar

Red Blend

  • Lebanon
  • Bekaa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 168

  • ZMAng Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 1, 2019 - Initially, just decanted: Smoky meat, leather and iron on the nose. Similar on the palate, good acidity, well integrated tannins. Let's see after a few hours.
    With a few hours to breathe: Tart, red and black berries more present, but no additional development. Excellent balance and structure, enjoyable nevertheless.

  • andreaskoeberl Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 21, 2019 - Tart red fruit, tobacco, leather, underwood, and white pepper notes on the nose. Quite high acidity with flavors of red berries, minerals, and pomegranate on the palate. Nice finish.

  • Goldstone Likes this wine: 89 points

    September 17, 2019 - Ch. Musar Dinner with Marc Hochar (The Bunker, Crown Wine Cellars, Shouson Hill, Hong Kong): Pre-decanted for around 6 hours by Marc Hochar. Semi-transparent , jewelled ruby gemstone in colour. Nose is bright and lifted red/black cherry. Palate is similar but greater predominance of deep, bright black cherry. Loads of life ahead of it....this is still semi-adolescent and that is underlined by its unusually moderate length and depth for a 22 year old Musar. Revisit in 5+ years.

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  • James Kim Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 21, 2019 - From memory. Decanted for 3.5h in wine fridge then back into bottle. Drank 1.5 later. Red berries on the nose with earth, tobacco, herbs and mild VA and balsamic vinegar. Similar on the palate with added roasted game meats and leather with excellent acids that add a sense of liveliness. All the elements are well balanced. Medium bodied with mild tannins. As with other Musars, there is a wildness/feral element to this winewhich I think may be from the mild VA/balsamic notes that's so well integrated into the wine. Less powerful and fruited than 1999 I had last year but perhaps a bit more elegant. Complex and highly enjoyable nonetheless.

  • Crispin Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 12, 2019 - Amazing.

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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 13 (1%)
  • In Cellars 832 (60%)
  • Consumed 532 (39%)

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