Château Musar

Undeniably Chateau Musar is a very individually flavoured wine. Good depth of colour. On the nose it is very true to form, showing deliciously sweet fruit nuanced with cloves, with a dried and spicy character. Typical Musar on the palate although with lots of youthful exuberance, a richly imbued structure. It is rather reserved in some respects, but any awkward elements of adolescence will fade with time giving way to what will be fantastic and unforgettable wine.

Gaston Hochar Chateau Musar 2009

Lebanon Bekaa Valley,
Grape 1:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Grape 2:
Grape 3:
750 ml
Off Dry


"A fascinating mix of leather, earthy spice and sweet baked mature red fruits. Smooth, full-bodied, beguiling and quite unlike any other wine." - John Wilson, Wilson on Wine 2016"The 2007 Chateau Musar, the flagship estate red, is the typical, roughly equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault, aged for 12 months in French oak. Adding a much needed layer of concentration to the Hochar also reviewed this issue, this also provides more focus and intensity, while still seeming to be a civilized Musar. Finishing with complexity, earthy nuances and a gamey hint, it is a relatively polished Musar that shows both finesse and flavor on the finish. After opening rather soft and reticent, the underlying power emerged strongly. There are tannins lurking underneath, of course. Add the acidity, providing some steel and intensity, and this becomes a completely different wine with three hours of decanting, up to and including, what seemed to me to be a high-toned nuance, a hint of Amarone that, hopefully, stays under control. With the right food match, you might not notice. Like most Musars, this is a bottling that has a lot of stuff going on. Take it for what it is. In any event, if I didn't have it in front of me at home the whole time, I'd think someone had switched my glasses from start to finish. It went from "nice" to "it's Musar!" It should age pretty nicely - they always do - but this opened so well that I would not chastise anyone who decided to dive in now. That said, as this became more powerful and astringent with decanting, it certainly demonstrated that it will benefit from more cellaring." 92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate"The flagship Musar bottling, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan is lush and almost Port-like in 2007, save for the gust of spice that comes in on the acidity and brightens the finish. It's wild and warm, a Mediterranean red with a forest floor complexity that keeps it engaging for hours." 90 points, Wine & Spirits