Chateau Musar 2000, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Chateau Musar 2000Appearance: Bright ruby red with some slight brownish tinge on the rim.

Nose: Very strong barnyard aromas when the bottle was first opened but it gave way to some good red berries, crushed raspberry and cedar aromas with an underlying earthy & musky tones (probably even some petrol aromas)  after a few hours in a water jug (no decanters at the hotel but the clear jug worked just fine).

Palate/ Flavour: Medium (+) acidity. Taste of smoke, dried red berries, liquorice and white peppers. Slightly tart but well-balanced with ripe tannins that provided sufficient grip.

Comments: Oxygen did wonders for this bottle. The oxidation over a few hours provided the breathing space that it needed to shine. Drank this with a nicely aged goat’s cheese. Yums!

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