Chateau Musar 1981 - Lebanon

Wow. That’s all I need to say really….

As part of my 30th birthday celebrations I was keen to drink something as old as I was. Sadly 1981 seemed to have biblically bad weather and it’s not easy to find wines that did survive that are still drinking well.

I’d identified Musar as a likely saviour and would like to say a massive thanks to Tanners for finding me one!

The minute I pulled the cork I was overjoyed to smell healthy fruit notes coming from the bottle, and after quite a serious decanting session it was clear from smell alone that the wine was alive and well.

The appearance of the wine was amazingly dense and viscous. It smelt particularly meaty (I’d say lamb if pressed on it). The palate was full of earthy notes, with slight cassis hints and the odd dollop of pepper. It was enormously complex and long lasting.

In truth it wasn’t an easy drinking wine, but then it was never going to be. 2 glasses was as much as I’d have been able to partake in. My Zalto Bordeaux glasses provided the perfect vessel.

However, to be able to drink something the same age as me, which was arguably in better condition too, was an absolute treat. This will live long in the memory indeed…. Given how many wines I drink which are designed for immediate drinking it was a real experience to enjoy a wine designed for the long haul.

Chateau Musar 1981 - Lebanon

Wow. That’s all I need to say really….

As part of my 30th birthday celebrations I was keen to drink something as old as I was. Sadly 1981 seemed to have biblically bad weather and it’s not easy to find wines that did survive that are still drinking well.

I’d identified Musar as a likely saviour and would like to say a massive thanks to Tanners for finding me one!

The minute I pulled the cork I was overjoyed to smell healthy fruit notes coming from the bottle, and after quite a serious decanting session it was clear from smell alone that the wine was alive and well.

The appearance of the wine was amazingly dense and viscous. It smelt particularly meaty (I’d say lamb if pressed on it). The palate was full of earthy notes, with slight cassis hints and the odd dollop of pepper. It was enormously complex and long lasting.

In truth it wasn’t an easy drinking wine, but then it was never going to be. 2 glasses was as much as I’d have been able to partake in. My Zalto Bordeaux glasses provided the perfect vessel.

However, to be able to drink something the same age as me, which was arguably in better condition too, was an absolute treat. This will live long in the memory indeed…. Given how many wines I drink which are designed for immediate drinking it was a real experience to enjoy a wine designed for the long haul.