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The Story

The red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault. Serge Hochar, who has been involved with the property since 1959, states that the Cabernet Sauvignon provides "the bones and the skeleton to the wine, the Carignan the flesh and muscle and the Cinsault the silky smooth finesse".

Musar wines are unique in that Hochar blends the varietals only after they have spent three years in barrels and then waits a further four years before releasing the end result. This gives time for each variety to unfold its own character. The wines are extremely long-lived, with the best examples lasting for 20-30 years.

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1969 Chateau Musar rouge: This was obviously an off bottle. It was very brown. Looked maderized. But, the remarkable thing is that after a considerable amount of time in the glass the color started coming back! The Nose was sweet. Glorious autumnal ashy nose. Any normal person would, understandably, dismiss this bottle, thinking that it is completely shot. But, for those with an understanding and forgiving mind would love this story. As it sat in the glass, it developed a sweetness on the nose and became exquisite, totally glass filling with a nut and sandalwood character. The palate was old but the acidity was keeping it alive. It was a surprise, reminded me of an old granny with whom you are treading carefully to have a polite conversation when she suddenly tells you a joke about a condom! Surprising. It was very autumnal and rotting but so alive. I don’t know what the others thought of me, perhaps that I am mad, because I could find extreme beauty in this wine which they might have dismissed as dead, if not beyond the grave of maderization. One of my favorites of the evening. I have had many bottles of this vintage which have been in better condition, I’ve usually ranked it up there close to the 1972 in greatness. Chances are, the next bottle might be in superb condition but don’t throw it out if it looks dead. Give it time and learn to understand how it can rise from the dead. It carries the spirit of Serge Hochar.

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Bekaa Valley , Ghazir

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 Bartholomew Broadbent / Wine Writer, Wine Importer (United States)  tasted  Château Musar 1969  ( Château Musar )

"1969 Chateau Musar rouge: This was obviously an off bottle. It was very brown. Looked maderized. But, the remarkable thing is that after a considerable amount of time in the glass the color started coming back! The Nose was sweet. Glorious autumnal ashy nose. Any normal person would, understandably, dismiss this bottle, thinking that it is completely shot. But, for those with an understanding and forgiving mind would love this story. As it sat in the glass, it developed a sweetness on the nose and became exquisite, totally glass filling with a nut and sandalwood character. The palate was old but the acidity was keeping it alive. It was a surprise, reminded me of an old granny with whom you are treading carefully to have a polite conversation when she suddenly tells you a joke about a condom! Surprising. It was very autumnal and rotting but so alive. I don’t know what the others thought of me, perhaps that I am mad, because I could find extreme beauty in this wine which they might have dismissed as dead, if not beyond the grave of maderization. One of my favorites of the evening. I have had many bottles of this vintage which have been in better condition, I’ve usually ranked it up there close to the 1972 in greatness. Chances are, the next bottle might be in superb condition but don’t throw it out if it looks dead. Give it time and learn to understand how it can rise from the dead. It carries the spirit of Serge Hochar."

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