Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chateau Musar Gaston Hochar 2005

Date of Tasting: 5 July 2015
Wine Type: Red
Grape Varieties: blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Carignan
Alcohol: 14%
Origin: Ghazir, Lebanon
Appellation: Bekaa Valley
Expect to Pay: ~ EUR40
Chubby Appreciation: 90/100
Critics' Opinion: CT - 91/100

Appearance: Rusty red.
Aroma: Cedar, spices, tobacco, and black fruits.
Palate: Exhibit baked red and black fruits in medium-full bodied juice. Dark chocolate and tea on the secondary notes. Lively acidity. Velvety tannins.

Not exactly sophisticated but impressive enough. Seemed tightly wound at the beginning and started showing more characters with time. Distinctive personality: elegant but well structured with energy. It is more like Pauillac to me. Long life ahead. Decant for drinking now, I would say.

Score Explanation
95+ = classic and extraordinary
90+ = outstanding in its class
85+ = recommended wine with some degree of enjoyment
80+ = drinkable occasionally

WA = Wine Advocate
AG = Antonio Galloni
WS = Wine Spectator
WE = Wine Enthusiast
JR = Jancis Robinson
DC = Decanter
JS = James Suckling
BH = Burghound
FS = Falstaff Magazine
ST = Stephen Tanzer
CT = Cellar Tracker Average Score

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