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Ch Musar Red 96 2014

Member Review by Sedimentblog:

Described by the Chateau as its second wine, the back label says that Cuvée Rouge is “made according to the philosophy of Chateau Musar,” an intriguing directive. It’s extremely rare in the UK. Again, it’s not on the Musar website (although there is a wine called Cuvée Musar). And despite its age, this “entry level” Musar experience (as Stuart described it) is only £7.95, just the thing for the Sediment blog. Sediment likes the idea of “entry level”. It suggests you’re at the same concert, just with a restricted view. But sadly here, it’s not so much a restricted view as a restricted orchestra. With a paler colour, and no legs to speak of, Cuvée Rouge is a pallid version of Musar; yes, it has that burnt, almost medicinal nose, but it’s low on fruit and doesn’t have a lasting finish. Tolerable with food, it is disappointing on its own. Read our full article on Musar and all its offspring at http://sedimentblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/offspring-of-chateau-musar.html

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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

Member Reviews for Ch Musar Red 96

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Snooth User: Sedimentblog
546548155
1.00 5
Vintage: 2008 02/03/2011

Described by the Chateau as its second wine, the back label says that Cuvée Rouge is “made according to the philosophy of Chateau Musar,” an intriguing directive. It’s extremely rare in the UK. Again, it’s not on the Musar website (although there is a wine called Cuvée Musar). And despite its age, this “entry level” Musar experience (as Stuart described it) is only £7.95, just the thing for the Sediment blog. Sediment likes the idea of “entry level”. It suggests you’re at the same concert, just with a restricted view. But sadly here, it’s not so much a restricted view as a restricted orchestra. With a paler colour, and no legs to speak of, Cuvée Rouge is a pallid version of Musar; yes, it has that burnt, almost medicinal nose, but it’s low on fruit and doesn’t have a lasting finish. Tolerable with food, it is disappointing on its own. Read our full article on Musar and all its offspring at http://sedimentblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/offspring-of-chateau-musar.html


Snooth User: Purplebarrel
31759333
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/05/2010

Light ruby clear, the nose reveals underwood hints, the texture is light with fruitiness, the tannins are nicely integrated, nice, smooth with no edge.


Snooth User: Purplebarrel
31759333
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/02/2010

the color of the wine is transparent and shinny, the nose lacks personality and is very different from the typical complex Musar nose. the pallet is thin revealing a majority of immature cinsault partially extracted. the syrah and cabernet appear on the back label but are very shy in the glass. all in all disapointing no real kick beside the acidity away from Musar personality.


Snooth User: Sedimentblog
546548155
0.50 5
Vintage: 2004 01/19/2011

Described by the Chateau as its second wine, the back label says that Cuvée Rouge is “made according to the philosophy of Chateau Musar,” an intriguing directive. It’s an "entry level" Musar experience. Sediment likes the idea of “entry level”. It suggests you’re at the same concert, just with a restricted view. But sadly here, it’s not so much a restricted view as a restricted orchestra. With a paler colour, and no legs to speak of, Cuvée Rouge is a pallid version of Musar; yes, it has that burnt, almost medicinal nose, but it’s low on fruit and doesn’t have a lasting finish. Tolerable with food, it is disappointing on its own. The full family of Musar wines is described on the Sediment blog at http://bit.ly/fOjSZE


Snooth User: penguinoid
1482961,216
3.50 5
Vintage: 2003 12/02/2010

Nose: raspberry, cranberry, other sweet red fruits, liquorice root, spice, dried fruits/figs. Palate: Sweet raspberry and other red fruit at first, liquorice root, rosemary, some earthiness on end, complexing savouriness. Very smooth subtle tannin, medium bodied. Mod/mild acidity. Good palate length.


Snooth User: amunson
8382829
3.00 5
Vintage: 2003 10/24/2008

Three glasses


Snooth User: Purplebarrel
31759333
3.50 5
Vintage: 2002 01/05/2010

Garnet color, petroleum, nail polish nose, light bodied texture, aromatic gamey finish with velvety hints that makes it well balanced and nicely and aromatically integrated.


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External Reviews for Ch Musar Red 96

External Review
Vintage: 2003 04/18/2013

Ripe red fruit shines brightly amidst darker notes of damp foliage and leather that add complexity and depth to this fleshy red blend. Soft and fresh on the palate with a restrained acidity, it’s a rustic, yet elegant wine.


External Review
Vintage: 2003 04/18/2013

Supple and mature-tasting, with plenty of brickish notes to the dried berry, cherry and currant flavors. Black olive and tarragon notes emerge on the long, spicy finish. Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2003 07/11/2007

This vintage for the first time has some spicy Syrah added to the regular mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault. Great dark red berry fruit on the palate with approachable but present tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2002 05/18/2011

The 2000 CHATEAU MUSAR is tight, bright and tannic, astringent on the finish, rustic and earthy, well laced with barnyard notes. Some will hate it. This, I think, will be the most divisive of the Musar reds reviewed this issue. It is a more or less an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, aged for one year in French oak and late released only in 2007. The crisp character makes it refreshing and delivers lingering flavors to the palate on the finish, but it also means there is not a lot of fleshiness here, the texture is not particularly caressing and it has a certain austerity that some will appreciate -- and many won't. Yet, it evolved beautifully in the glass and I greatly admired its structure, which should guarantee its ability to age gracefully for a long while in the cellar. If you like the acidity and power, which may cause some to dismiss this as simply too rustic, the barnyard component will be where many people still get off the bus. I liked it more and more as it aired out and came together in the glass, although my love for it never quite equaled my admiration for its good intentions. I suspect many will not warm up to it, so this is certainly one of those times that the score here is a lot less important than the tasting note. Its ageworthiness gives me some optimism that it will come together with more time in the cellar, but it won't shock me if it does not. It was entrancing at times and it certainly has an upside that few wines in this region have. Five years might do it a lot of good, but let's be conservative at the moment. Others will be a lot happier with the '02 Hochar or the '01 Musar reviewed this issue. Drink now-2025.


External Review
Vintage: 2002 05/18/2011

One of the world's few unique wines; It's a Rhône and Bordeaux grape mix, fermented and aged in cement tanks. Serge Hochar's 1993 impresses with its scale and aromas of meat, chocolate and coriander. The silky mouthfeel completes the package. This would be a bargain at half again the price, and when was the last time you offered your guests wine from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley?


External Review
Vintage: 2002 05/18/2011

This wine shows the expressive, mature tea and vanilla aromas of an aged Rioja. Smooth and supple, with soft, ripe fruit and earthy notes that linger on an exceptionally long finish. Interesting, rare and delicious - this one has it all.


External Review
Vintage: 2002 05/18/2011

Shows interesting notes of smoked meat, nuts and spices. Earthy, with condensed fruit; complex and layered finish.


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