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Chateau Musar Cuvee Rouge 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Birch bark, sweet herbs, and hot rock aromas contribute to this unusual but appealing bouquet. Medium light weight in the mouth and rather dry and austere, this has a really fine texture and although this is young there is a nice blend of fruit and medicinal complexity that really only emerges on the finish. The plate remains young and firm with fine tannins driving the fairly long finish. 91pts

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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

Editorial Reviews for Chateau Musar Cuvee Rouge

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 05/16/2014

Birch bark, sweet herbs, and hot rock aromas contribute to this unusual but appealing bouquet. Medium light weight in the mouth and rather dry and austere, this has a really fine texture and although this is young there is a nice blend of fruit and medicinal complexity that really only emerges on the finish. The plate remains young and firm with fine tannins driving the fairly long finish. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 05/16/2014

VA hits the nose along with obvious signs of a bit of caramel evolution on the spicy nose,. On entry this is smooth, with surprising freshness to the red fruited palate which shows a bit of boysenberry and mineral complexity on the backend. This shows good evolution of flavor on the palate but the structure, still quite firm, seems to be lagging behind. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 1998 05/16/2014

Gorgeous on the nose, all spicy and bright, and at point with great arrayed aromas of red fruit, all leathery, spicy, and toasty with a hint of dusty brick. On entry one finds a hint of sweetness adding to the round and open mouthfeel. This is bright enough to stay fresh and balanced in the mouth and while it is a bit rustic it’s also quite nuanced with plummy fruit and tremendous spicy complexity on the back and through the long finish. Char up some duck of game and you’ll be good to go. 92pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.00 5
Vintage: 1979 05/16/2014

A little stinky on the nose and frankly a touch off-putting but this does show complexity with composty base notes and some herbal accents. In the mouth this tells a different story. It’s bright and finely textured with real elegance on the palate, quite a change from the nose. This still has lovely cherry, though it is a touch dry and short, but still drinking at near peak. 89pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.00 5
Vintage: 1977 05/16/2014

This is simply stunning on the nose with layers of oyster shells, earthy, wild cherry, and icy medicinal aromas and just a hint of diesel. Bright and juicy in the mouth, this shows really transparent and bright red fruits framed with nuanced earth and dried brush notes. It’s elegant and a bit short but shows greater freshness than the 1979 today. 90pts


Member Reviews for Chateau Musar Cuvee Rouge

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.60 5
Vintage: 2007 05/16/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 2004 05/16/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.60 5
Vintage: 1998 05/16/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 1979 05/16/2014

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
4.50 5
Vintage: 1977 05/16/2014

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Chateau Musar Cuvee Rouge

External Review
Vintage: 2004 04/10/2014

A succulent red, with red currant, dark cherry and dried raspberry flavors that are well-spiced. Sandalwood and cream accents linger on the rich and silky finish, revealing notes of hot stone. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 01/30/2013

The 2004 Chateau Musar is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault. This is a rather civilized, laid back Musar...Its balance, combining the nice fruit, elegant mid-palate, persistent finish and backbone, gives it a tightly wound, ... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from in Lebanon. 2004 Chateau Musar Lebanon 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2004 01/27/2013

Quite evolved muddy ruby colour. Funky and rich on the nose. Sweet and gamey, even a little furry, but lots of fun - provided you're not a member of the brett police. Jancis Robinson. A Proprietary Blend wine from in Lebanon. 2004 Chateau Musar Lebanon 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 2004 04/10/2014

The 2004 Chateau Musar is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault. This is a rather civilized, laid back Musar. The complicated aging process is best described by the winery: “The wines spent nine months in cement vats and then a year in French Nevers oak barrels and the final blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan rested for another nine months in vats before being bottled?” The winery describes this as a once-in-a-decade vintage where a heat wave caused notable increases in sugar content in a short time. I sometimes find that is a dangerous description of vineyard conditions with many risks for a winery, but it seems to have turned out well. If you’re comparing, it adds two layers of depth to the 2007 Hochar, although it is quite elegant and graceful in its own right. Most importantly, it has more of an obvious backbone even though it is late-released. Its balance, combining the nice fruit, elegant mid-palate, persistent finish and backbone, gives it a tightly wound, precise and focused demeanor. The tannins are not completely integrated, but not overly hard. They provided some welcome grip and vibrancy and never overwhelmed the wine. In the long run, they should serve this wine in good stead. Overall, it is an exceptionally graceful, somewhat modern and restrained Musar, bright, with that silky texture I saw in the Hochar reviewed this issue, while adding those layers of concentration. The cherry on top is the intensity of fruit flavor — bursts of delicious and juicy fruit on the finish, admittedly nuanced by some of the gamey notes I see here so often. Call it raspberry flavored, though, because the fruit is delicious. The gamey notes were in fact moderate and, at least for my taste, not an issue. As this rather subtle Musar aired out, I liked it more and more. I’ve had Musars that were bigger, burlier, more rustic and more astringent. Here, the subtle start was unremarkable, but it gathered steam, showed remarkable finesse and then won me over. This will certainly do better with food. Drink now–2021.


External Review
Vintage: 2004 08/14/2012

A Proprietary Blend wine from in Lebanon. 2004 Chateau Musar Lebanon 750ml


External Review
Vintage: 1998 03/24/2011

The first vintage of this wine came out in 1933. Aged in French Nevers oak, 1/3 of which was new. Delicate garnet color, and a shy nose, and with lively ripe fruit, reminescent of dusty berries, the 1998 Chateau Musar demonstrates quintessential elegance. Less obviously spicy, this vintage is dominated by Cinsault and certain to continue improving in the cellar. Certified Organic by IMC




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