Chateau Musar Red Lebanon 1999
Hochar's cult wine made from Cabernet and Cinsault needs little introduction. Warning to novices: this wine carries considerable sediment and has a volatile nose. That is the nature of the beast. The nose is aromatic, fragrant, warm and mellow and it prepares the palate for fruits of cherries, strawberries and redcurrants. The palate is indeed full of these softer summer red berry fruits and combined with soft tannins, the wine is very well balanced.
Very smooth wine with red cherries and currants on the palate. Hints of vanilla and licorice on the nose. A nice medium body wine with good alcohol and suttle tannins. The wine is a blend of Cab Sav, Carignan and Cinsault. Matured in Bordeaux Oak and bottle for a min of 12 months.
A truly idiosyncratic wine, almost verging on fortified in terms of length and aftertaste, but wonderful with the right accompaniment. Ridiculously cheap - would genuinely rate as one of the best value for money wines in the world today..
I have run across some bad examples, but mostly the '99 is just wonderful. But nothing will (for me that is) ever beat the '95