LE GOÛT DU ‘CHÂTEAU MUSAR’ (LIBAN)
By DEAN TUDOR
The Event: a tasting of Chateau Musar Red and White, conducted by Stephen Marentette of Whitehall Agencies.
The Red is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cinsault, and carignan.
The White is a blend of merwah and obaideh, local grape varieties. We tasted the Whites at room temperature.
The Time and Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 3 pm to 4 pm
The Venue: Oasi — 99 Sudbury Street, corner Lisgard, Toronto Downtown, Tel. 416 849 6567
— Château Musar 1998, obviously mature colour, sophisticated balance, red fruit complexity, finishes with a long length. $69.Château Musar 1997, more red fruit on the nose and palate, extracts larger than expected, still some greenness or stalky impressions (herbs?) $79
— Château Musar 1991, mature, very mature, spicy, mocha, some cassis, easily my fave red (older is better?) $140.75
— Château Musar White 2001, very firm marmalade aromas, palate of orange and oak butterscotch, some baked complexity on the finish. $35 (great price)
— Château Musar 1999, golden tones, toasty smoke, some brett complexity? Fruity with a long length. My fave white. $63.95
— Château Musar 1995, golden colour is mature, dark bronze, spices, burnt caramel, drying out nicely. $85.