What a fantastic night with a passionate and information packed presentation from Ralph Hochar. It’s so difficult to pick a favourite as each wine has a time, a place and a food where it will shine. If you push me – perhaps the 1982 which seems so youthful still, but ask me again tomorrow and it could be the 1986!
Hopefully my notes will guide you to your desert island Chateau Musar....
Forward and potent raspberry crumble, fig and warm spice aromas. Full bodied with liquorice, rich fruit cake, clove and cinnamon flavours. Good tannic structure, fresh acidity, very well balanced with a long life ahead of it. From a hot year hence a powerful vintage.
Sweet perfumed with spices- cinnamon and clove, a mix of raisin and blueberry. Medium- full bodied with fig and dried fruit, soft and well rounded with forward juicy flavours. Elegant and fragrant, an earlier drinking style than the 2000, higher % than usual of cinsault.
Open with fresh red berries and earthy undertones. Rich fruit cake. Med- full bodied, a more savoury style with oak to the back. Noticeable acidity and a fresh mix of berries and dark chocolate. A now hard to find vintage
Rich with fruit and nut cake, meat, leather, Indian spices, tobacco, cigar box. Mid weight and subtle. Well balanced, rich with a smooth finish.
Intense, earthy, warmed dried fruit compote, spicy. Fresh acidity. Intense flavour with ripe tannins and lingering,soft finish
Powerful, dried fruit, minerality, warm Christmas spices and very ripe dark dark berries, marzipan. In the mouth, warm, well balanced, smooth with flavours as per nose. A drought year, hot summer has produced a classic, mellow style.
Aromatic and spiced, hints mint and coffee, fresh tobacco, enticing. Full bodied, rich and fresh ripe red fruit, pepper hints and totaly intergrated tannin. Well balanced, silky and lingering with plenty of life left.
Top notes of fig and Christmas spices, earthy, rhubarb notes, flinty.
Powerful, floral with baked fruit. Very rich almost chewy texture, dark chocolate full bodied, elegant structure. Well balanced with fresh acidity.
Very intense, savoury maturity. Full bodied, smooth texture, hints of truffles, black olives and pepper. Great balance of dried fruits and acidity. Still can mature on!
Savoury, almond nutty, waxy lemon.
Dry and full bodied with marzipan and citrus, complex and intriguing.
Golden, honeyed with notes sweet almond, spice and jasmine. Rich, dry, honey and apricot, soft acidity, well balanced and complex.