An evening of browsing some wine websites has got me round to thinking I have to try the fabled Musar that I hear so much about. So:
What’s all the fuss about? Seems to divide opinion but feel I should try it!
It seems to be quite long lived. How long should you keep it before opening?
Which are the vintages to look out for or avoid?
In my opinion Ch Musar is well worth trying, its like an exotic spicy mediterranean claret. I enjoyed the 2004 about a year ago and previously the 1988 was still good in about 2012. The main criticism is the wine has some brettanomyces, which is not necessarily a bad thing:
I quite like a little bit of Brett in certain reds. This also had a little of this characteristic (or what some people could call a fault)
Musar White is actually more controversial as it is made in a oxidative style, something like old fashioned White Rioja or Qvevri wine. Try it at a tasting if you get a chance, a real “marmite” wine that one!
When I first tasted Ch. Musar - this would be around 1980 - it was a revelation. Nick’s description - ‘exotic spicy mediterranean claret’ is spot on. Don’t hesitate. Musar is not released until ready to drink so any vintage will do.
That’s interesting. Majestic have plenty of older vintages (98-03ish) at varying price points from about £25 (minus whatever voucher they’ve sent me this month). TWS have a more recent vintage so was wondering if it needed cellaring. Thanks
I would strongly recommend trying the white before you buy, or perhaps just buying 1 bottle before you consider buying them in any quantity.
The red you can buy pretty much with impunity - you might like it a lot, or not so much, but you probably will like it.
Agree - 03 is good. ‘06 is my fav vintage recently as it was delayed in release as it wasn’t ready - it had loads of raisiny flavour. Also harvested during the 33 day war and the guys were picking during Lebanon being under siege.
They’re all good vintages. The old ones get quite eccentric. I suppose with all this hype i hope it doesn’t disappoint!
I’m not sure what the Library Vintage is, but I don’t think it’s the second wine. Their second label is called Cuvée Reservee, and they make another red called Hochar which TWS stocks. It’s not as wild and wonderful as Musar, but still gives a taste of what it’s about. Similar blend of grapes (with added Grenache), but less time in oak and ready much younger. Definitely worth a go!