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1998 Château Musar Rouge Bekaa Valley Lebanon

SKU #1025074 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Chateau Musar is a rather prototypical Musar – lots of acidity, some brett, fine structure. It reveals a more gentle style on opening, but aeration proves how much underlying power it actually has. (That is, a lot.) There is a good analogy here to the 1994, concerning both how they showed early on and later. There is plenty of power, tannin and acidity, but there is also some balance. I loved the silky texture, emphasized in this vintage. It finishes with a controlled bang. This greatly benefitted from some air, showing layers that I did not initially think it had, but it does seem a bit on the lighter side. (MS)  (6/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale, particularly bright garnet. Light, spicy, particularly well-integrated nose. Already well developed. Sweet start and very nicely mature. Seems just right now. The opposite of heavy. Lifted, jewel-bright. Really lovely wine. Fresh, sweet with some very slight mintiness. Dry finish and it would go beautifully with food. Very long. One of my favourite wines in this collection. Is it the Cinsault I like so much? 18.5/20  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

The Middle East's finest wine, and one of the world's great reds. The grapes are handpicked as the sun rises across the Bekaa valley, and are then swiftly transferred to the cellar in Ghazir, where fermentation takes place followed by maceration lasting 2 to 4 weeks. During the first year the wine is racked into Bordeaux-type barrels made from Nevers oak, and it matures from 12 to 15 months. According to a tasting note by Michael Broadbent: "Tasting of single varietals. In small oak barrels since August (1999). Very distinctive, individual. In the cellars at Chateau Musar, Dec. 1999."


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