The first thing you see on the Chateau Musar website is a message encouraging the use of tongs when opening a bottle! This tells you that many of us have been collecting these wines over decades. No apologies!!….I am one of those serial Musar collectors.
The 1989 vs 2006 in magnum.
The 89 is an exceptional vintage, not least because the Lebanese Civil War was raging and the cellars were in use for air raid shelter as much as they were for making this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan aged for 12 months in French Oak.
It was no surprise to find VA present but the tursory gamey, and stewed fruit, flavours underlying were typical of old Musar. Maybe should have been drunk not collected for quite so long!!
The 1996 is one of the lighter vintages following cooler and wetter than usual weather conditions during flowering. Despite this the 96 still delivered elegance and complexity with attractive gamey earthy aromas and juicy red fruits and a long length.
More Musar verticals to follow…..when I can bring myself to pull out more from the collection!!