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Chateau Musar, advice


#101

Just listening to the ‘I’ll drink to that’ podcast with Serge Hochar… it is fascinating. (apologies if it was already mentioned)

I am addicted to volatile acidity (Serge Hochar)

Now I really want to try an old bottle of Musar white and also will try and track down a 1984 red…


#102

ooh, will listen to that later!

I want a 1985 red as it was my birth year, I’ve seen one for sale once but for more than i was willing to pay. The old whites are meant to be amazing. I’m disappointed the society doesn’t stock the latest white release. Still hope to make it to Lebanon next year or the year after, when funds allow :tired_face:


#103

Maybe if there was a bit of interest we could organise a community BYO Musar Dinner? I have an 89 red and white that are looking for a suitable occasion to open


#104

Just listened - fascinating stuff!


#105

He’s so Lebanese! I love that accent.

What other crops are grown in the Bekaa…?

Ha! Serge didn’t mention the other, er, cash crop that features up there… :dizzy_face:

I never normally listen to this kind of thing but that was a great podcast, thanks for sharing.

Makes me want to go back and live there again.


#106

It’s a really good podcast - he gets into the human side of viticulture and viniculture (as well as a lot of technical detail), some fascinating interviewees.


#107

I would be SO THERE for this!!! Feel free to scout for interest in the Get Involved category if you like…


#108

For anyone interested, BBR have this currently on sale:

https://www.bbr.com/products-49020-1989-chateau-musar-50th-anniversary-case-1xbtl-red-1xbtl-white-lebanon

It may yet come down further, as I think I paid a little less when I bought one of these in one of last years sales…


#109

Oh this is so tempting…but I’ve spent so much on wine recently…I really…must…show…some…willpower…


#110

I, too, would love some but even if I was a white drinker it would be too far outside of my acceptable price range!


#111

Yeah, it’s much too expensive, but then when will the opportunity to buy a couple of 1989’s come up again…? I’m trying to remain strong but can you tell I’m persuading myself otherwise…:thinking:


#112

Never yet met anyone who didn’t like Musar, and most have loved it. Maybe I just know odd people.

I don’t agree it’s “dialled up to 11”. I think it’s a subtle and even ethereal wine.

Certainly would keep brilliantly for a week - I’ve never managed more than 3 or 4 days. But usually it isn’t even drinking well till the second day. I normally try to open a bottle and have just one glass the first day.


#113

I think I’ve said it before on here but the Musar UK rep’s told me to decant the 2003 the night before I wanted to drink it! I didn’t in the end as I cant bring myself to do it as it seems wrong even though it clearly is right.


#114

Just do it…

I went to a Majestic tasting a few years back which featured a Musar, possibly 2003 but can’t be sure. Anyway, lots of people were trying it first up and many not liking it. I hung around for an hour, then got a glass and poured it between the glass and another glass for about 5 minutes to open it up, and it was good. I then spotted a bottle that they had opened earlier and it was even better. All the rather singular feral odours had gone and it was just beginning to open out. I told the staff they should have opened it the day before.


#115

Usually open first thing in the morning for an evening drink and decant about 3 hours before hand. Seems to work well.

Had an 03 last weekend and had forgotten to open by lunch time. A triple decant deemed necessary and by dinner time it was showing beautifully. Sister and BIL completely taken and there are now 2 more Musar converts.


#116

And the 2003 Is maybe the most open-for-business of all the vintages I’ve drunk :slight_smile: