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Chateau Musar Hochar Père et Fils Red 2009

$50.99

SKU 31117

750ml

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The 2009 vintage has a deep, dark ruby colour with an intense nose of rich dark berries - black fruits, plums and dark chocolate. The palate is just as intense and vibrant, enriched with ripe forest fruits, plums, black cherries, prunes with layers of dark chocolate following through. This wine is beautifully balanced, complex with a good tannin structure and a finish that goes on and on..... It would benefit from being decanted and served at between 16-18C. Cellared in a steady environment, it will keep for at least a decade.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country Lebanon
Brand Chateau Musar
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • wa88

Wine AdvocateThe 2009 Hochar Pere et Fils is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan aged in French oak. For those familiar only with Musar's reputation as a producer of powerful wines likely to age indefinitely and hard to encounter young, this mid-level offering will change perceptions. Very fruity, sweet and velvety on opening, it seemed to be a relatively soft wine with modest concentration and a fleshy and forward feel, something that will appeal easily to modern drinkers with little resistance. This seemed mostly about the sexy fruit on opening. Early on, it finished not only sweet, but even with a little candy. It needed a couple of hours of aeration to show a bit more stuffing, pulling in some of the sweet fruit while displaying a bit of complexity and a bit of steel underneath. At that point, it was far more interesting and impressive. Overall, this still is ultimately a rather sexy beast, even if it manages to maintain a suave and elegant mid-palate. Don't be fooled, by the way: with air, more tannic pop arrives. Drink now-2020.

Mark Squires, June 2014