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Musar tasting cases

Posted: 09:26 Sat 13 Jun 2020
by nac
Further to recent Musar discussions during our Virtual Tastings, have just been sent an offer by Fine + Rare for two 90th Anniversary tasting cases.

One bottle each of the 60, 74, and 79 for £1,188 DP + VAT

Somewhat more accessible is one bottle each of 97, 98, 00, 03, 08, and 09 for £210 DP + VAT

Also worth repeating that Berry's still have the two bottle 1989 case. This has one bottle each of Musar White and a special carignan only Red. This is £175 retail.

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 12:14 Sat 13 Jun 2020
by JacobH
The “more accessible” one sounds quite tempting, especially since when I periodically stock up on the Hochar from Majestic it usually comes in at £20-25 a bottle.

We were given the 1989 box as a present: I’m waiting for the lockdown to end so we can have a nice dinner party to drink them, even though I am a little suspicious about the staying power of a 31-year-old Lebanese white.

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 13:12 Sat 13 Jun 2020
by Andy Velebil
JacobH wrote:The “more accessible” one sounds quite tempting, especially since when I periodically stock up on the Hochar from Majestic it usually comes in at £20-25 a bottle.

We were given the 1989 box as a present: I’m waiting for the lockdown to end so we can have a nice dinner party to drink them, even though I am a little suspicious about the staying power of a 31-year-old Lebanese white.
The whites will last 30 years and are usually better off for it. It is a very diff White than anything else out there. I love them with age, some do not. Don’t drink it too cold, cellar temp at most is best. And Mr Hochar usually serves the white after the red that’s how awesome it is.

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 15:38 Sat 13 Jun 2020
by JacobH
That's interesting. Thanks. I'd assumed it was much too hot for decent whites. Would you give them both a decant? (And if so, how long?).

This thread is making me wish we could travel to the Lebannon again!

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 18:29 Sat 13 Jun 2020
by Andy Velebil
JacobH wrote:That's interesting. Thanks. I'd assumed it was much too hot for decent whites. Would you give them both a decant? (And if so, how long?).

This thread is making me wish we could travel to the Lebannon again!
At least an hour for the old white. 2-3 is better.

Reds a few hours as well.

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 18:30 Sat 13 Jun 2020
by JacobH
Thanks!

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 18:32 Sat 13 Jun 2020
by Andy Velebil
I will warn you The reds have varying levels of the VA and Brett that’s just their style.

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 21:53 Sun 14 Jun 2020
by JacobH
Haha! Quite. If I was trying to find adjectives for Musar, I don’t think “consistent” would be one of them...

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 21:53 Sun 14 Jun 2020
by Andy Velebil
JacobH wrote:Haha! Quite. If I was trying to find adjectives for Musar, I don’t think “consistent” would be one of them...
Hah! Well said.

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 12:38 Tue 16 Jun 2020
by nac
JacobH wrote:
12:14 Sat 13 Jun 2020
The “more accessible” one sounds quite tempting, especially since when I periodically stock up on the Hochar from Majestic it usually comes in at £20-25 a bottle.

We were given the 1989 box as a present: I’m waiting for the lockdown to end so we can have a nice dinner party to drink them, even though I am a little suspicious about the staying power of a 31-year-old Lebanese white.
Consumed one of the 1989 cases at Christmas, alongside a bottle of the "normal" 1989 Red.

I preferred the Carignan to the Red, but suspect this was mainly due to the bottle condition. The star however was the White - spectacularly good, and no rush to drink up.

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 18:26 Wed 17 Jun 2020
by JacobH
This thread has encouraged me to open a Hochar 2003. Very savoury with quite a lot of soft tannins; good acidity; a stack of umami; some lively spiciness; and a very long aftertaste. I think this was about £25 from Majestic- you'd be hard pressed to find another table wine as good as this for that money from a high street wine merchant.

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 09:13 Tue 23 Jun 2020
by nac
Further Musar offer from Fine + Rare. All prices are duty paid but excluding VAT, and are 6-bottle cases.

2013 Red - £130
2012 White - £125

2003 Red - £200
2000 Red - £150
1998 Red - £160
1997 Red - £170

2000 White - £147
1992 White - £295
1975 White - £755
1972 White - £1,512

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 13:21 Wed 24 Jun 2020
by Andy Velebil
nac wrote:Further Musar offer from Fine + Rare. All prices are duty paid but excluding VAT, and are 6-bottle cases.

2013 Red - £130
2012 White - £125

2003 Red - £200
2000 Red - £150
1998 Red - £160
1997 Red - £170

2000 White - £147
1992 White - £295
1975 White - £755
1972 White - £1,512
Very cheap pricing on the older ones. Buy all you can at those prices you won’t see them again.

Re: Musar tasting cases

Posted: 15:10 Wed 24 Jun 2020
by nac
Andy Velebil wrote:
13:21 Wed 24 Jun 2020
nac wrote:Further Musar offer from Fine + Rare. All prices are duty paid but excluding VAT, and are 6-bottle cases.

2013 Red - £130
2012 White - £125

2003 Red - £200
2000 Red - £150
1998 Red - £160
1997 Red - £170

2000 White - £147
1992 White - £295
1975 White - £755
1972 White - £1,512
Very cheap pricing on the older ones. Buy all you can at those prices you won’t see them again.
I’m currently drinking the 97 and 98. Both excellent, and agree that the pricing is a bargain.