2011 Musar, 12x375ml
Availability: 1-2 weeks
Case size: 12 / Bottle size: 375ml
Critics Score: 94
Publication: Matt Walls, Decanter
Drinking Dates: 2019-2040
2011 is the last vintage to be have been overseen from start to finish by the laste Serge Hochar.
The 2011 Ch. Musar has a youthfully deep garnet colour. Musar can sometimes lean more towards Bordeaux and other times be Rhone-like. The nose of the 2011 has something of both, with the spicy, gamey, orange peel character of a Cote Rotie, overlaid with lifted red cherry and rose petal aromas that are reminiscent of fine Pomerol. On the palate, it feels plush and ripe, with great concentration and vigour. Seven years old and it is only just starting to reveal itself. There’s plenty of grip from the polished tannins and a streak of vibrantly zesty acidity. The fruit is bright and fresh, with a succulent core, showing lots of red summer berries, which give way to fragrant blackcurrants and black cherries as the wine evolves in the glass. This is a complex and cerebral Musar that deserves patience both in the glass and the cellar.
To enjoy now, I’d recommend decanting at least a couple of hours in advance of pouring. On the other hand, it will reward prolonged cellar ageing; easily 10-30 years.
- Simon Quinn, VinQuinn Ltd
N.B. Musar is only releasing Duty Paid stock and will no longer sell Under Bond