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#1 Post by Paul Jaouen »

Hi Serge,

Does the blend ratio vary from year to year or is it always about the same? If I recall correctly it is Cab Sauv, Carignan and Cinsault.
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#2 Post by Serge Hochar »

Dear Paul,
It's the same ratio but depending on the year some grape varieties are dominant which makes the wine more Cabernet Sauvignon or more Carignan or more Cinsault.

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#3 Post by Glenn L e v i n e »

Any chance for providing us with a vintage chart and your impressions about which grape is dominant each year? Thank you sir!
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#4 Post by Serge Hochar »

Dear Glenn,
My best advise go on our website.

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Website is very well done indeed...

http://www.chateaumusar.com/
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#6 Post by Jay Miller »

First - thank you for producing such wonderful distinctive wines!

Second - one thing that I and hopefully others would find very useful on the website would be guidance on how various vintages are drinking currently. For example while the 1991s seem to have been drinking wonderfully since release the 1995s went through (and maybe are still in?) a disjointed phase after a lovely youth.

It would be useful to know if 1995s are back on form, if the 1999s (which I loved on release) have shut down, etc. without having to sacrifice one my few bottles to check.

Thank you!
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Jay Miller wrote:First - thank you for producing such wonderful distinctive wines!

Second - one thing that I and hopefully others would find very useful on the website would be guidance on how various vintages are drinking currently. For example while the 1991s seem to have been drinking wonderfully since release the 1995s went through (and maybe are still in?) a disjointed phase after a lovely youth.

It would be useful to know if 1995s are back on form, if the 1999s (which I loved on release) have shut down, etc. without having to sacrifice one my few bottles to check.

Thank you!
I have had very good experiences with the '95, but, I, too, would welcome Mr. Hochar's viewpoint.
Cheers, James

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#8 Post by Serge Hochar »

Hi Glenn,
Thank you for the compliment as I have not seen the update version of our website.

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#9 Post by Serge Hochar »

Hi Jay,
First, thank you for your kind words.
Second, I like your comment. The more you know a vintage you discover as it ages a great evolution with sometimes a shut down. This happens with our wine between 7 and 15 years of age because my wine is human which change from childhood to adult age. Adult age in Chateau Musar varies from 15 years up to 18 years. I am happy to know that 1995 is getting back in good shape with 1999 needs 2 more years to get back. I cannot explain why, as this is the mystery of life.

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#10 Post by Serge Hochar »

Hi Jim,
1995 was a very special vintage at Chateau Musar as we had to delay the release of the wine by 1 year because its VA level so we had to release the 1996 vintage before. It ended up to be 1 of the great Musar.

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Serge Hochar wrote:Hi Jay,
First, thank you for your kind words.
Second, I like your comment. The more you know a vintage you discover as it ages a great evolution with sometimes a shut down. This happens with our wine between 7 and 15 years of age because my wine is human which change from childhood to adult age. Adult age in Chateau Musar varies from 15 years up to 18 years. I am happy to know that 1995 is getting back in good shape with 1999 needs 2 more years to get back. I cannot explain why, as this is the mystery of life.
I love this explanation. No deep science, but a philosophy of what Musar is. "..this is the mystery of life." Enjoy the ride!
Cheers, James

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Serge Hochar wrote:Hi Jay,
First, thank you for your kind words.
Second, I like your comment. The more you know a vintage you discover as it ages a great evolution with sometimes a shut down. This happens with our wine between 7 and 15 years of age because my wine is human which change from childhood to adult age. Adult age in Chateau Musar varies from 15 years up to 18 years. I am happy to know that 1995 is getting back in good shape with 1999 needs 2 more years to get back. I cannot explain why, as this is the mystery of life.
Thank you so much! I'll try to pull a 1995 from my storage sometime this year.
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#13 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:Website is very well done indeed...

http://www.chateaumusar.com/
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I just spent 20 minutes on that site, learning about the wine and the history. I wish all wineries provided this type of helpful information.

Now need to seek it out . . . .
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#14 Post by Serge Hochar »

Thank you. Hope you didn't waste your time.

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#15 Post by Peter Kleban »

Hi Serge,

Thanks so much for taking the time to participate here.

I have a bottle of 1994 Château Musar Red, so it will soon be twenty. Do you think it has reached adulthood?

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Felettig Chamb-Mus 1er Charmes '14
Duplessis Chablis 1er Montmains '17
Duplessis Chablis 1er Vaillons '17
Couillaud Muscadet Experimental '09
H Lignier Chamb-Mus Bussières '18
Latour-Giraud Meursault 1er Genevrières '12
Extradimensional Love Language '19
Chateau Musar '00

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Peter Kleban wrote:Hi Serge,

Thanks so much for taking the time to participate here.

I have a bottle of 1994 Château Musar Red, so it will soon be twenty. Do you think it has reached adulthood?

Best regards,

Peter
The Cellartracker notes on this are pretty positive, though a number of folks found the wine flawed. I haven't tried this vintage, Peter, but maybe you should give it a try and report back! [wow.gif]
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#17 Post by SainaN »

Jay Miller wrote:For example while the 1991s seem to have been drinking wonderfully since release the 1995s went through (and maybe are still in?) a disjointed phase after a lovely youth.
FWIW, my two most recent experiences of the '95 (one in London, one in Helsinki) would suggest that you should not open now. When it was young I loved it. But in recent years the '95 has been really difficult IMO: it smells lactic and like sour milk. Since Musar seems to age forever (here's a question for the Hochars: have you ever tasted a too old Musar?) my suggestion is too keep it in storage still. Age seems to correct any and all faults one might find in younger Musars.
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#18 Post by Serge Hochar »

Hi Peter,
1994 is drinking beautifully today. It has reached adulthood 3 years ago. So you can drink it from now on for the next 50 years.
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#19 Post by Peter Kleban »

Thank you, Serge! I will try it soon.
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Felettig Chamb-Mus 1er Charmes '14
Duplessis Chablis 1er Montmains '17
Duplessis Chablis 1er Vaillons '17
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H Lignier Chamb-Mus Bussières '18
Latour-Giraud Meursault 1er Genevrières '12
Extradimensional Love Language '19
Chateau Musar '00

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