Chateau Musar Red Lebanon 1999

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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.

Region: Lebanon » Bekaa Valley

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Winery: Chateau Musar
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Chateau Musar:
Created in 1930 in the cellar of an old 17th century castle, Château Musar is as much the work of a family as the living testimony of all the civilisations that have tread its soil. After a long stay in France, Gaston Hochar returned to Lebanon and created Château Musar in the cellars of the old 'Mzar' castle in Ghazir, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. What began as a h... Read more
Created in 1930 in the cellar of an old 17th century castle, Château Musar is as much the work of a family as the living testimony of all the civilisations that have tread its soil. After a long stay in France, Gaston Hochar returned to Lebanon and created Château Musar in the cellars of the old 'Mzar' castle in Ghazir, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. What began as a hobby soon became a passion; a passion inspired by an initial encounter with renowned viticulturist Ronald Barton while he was stationed in Lebanon during the Second World War. The family's love for wine grew and in 1959, after completing his oenology diploma in Bordeaux, the eldest son, Serge, entered the business. Some call him the magician, the man behind this extraordinary wine. His response is that he only seeks is to translate what nature intended. Serge's younger brother Ronald, named after the late Barton, took over Château Musar's marketing and finance departments in 1962. Read less

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Snooth User: pietro167
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5.00 5
02/13/2009

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.


Snooth User: Piccolo29
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4.00 5
09/28/2007

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


Snooth User: Magnum49
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4.50 5
11/10/2007

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..


Snooth User: jstepper
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4.00 5
10/05/2008

Four glasses



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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.

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