When I select wines for our Virtual Wine Tasting Company I save one for the last bottle in the series. We have drunk various vintages of Chateau Musar but this closer was the most controversial of them all and also my wine of the night/series/case etc. I loved it. Others hated it.
Pale to medium garnet it is textbook Musar in appearance with that gorgeous orange tint in the glass. Also textbook- sweaty horse aromas with stewed cherry, strawberry compote, tobacco, leather and Brett. Right up my alley. The palate is dry with medium (-) acidity, medium (-) tannins and pronounced flavors of baked cherry, pomegranate syrup, tobacco, leather, earth and a touch of that funk. Extremely well balanced, this medium bodied wine showed off a long finish- very impressive for a bottle with 22 years of age. A spectacular wine that I awarded 94 points to and will look for again. An equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan runs $72 a bottle it gets 5 stars from me. Pairing-wise it is difficult to imaging drinking this wine with any food. It has such unique, amazing flavors that need to be savored in isolation. Salut….