Chateau Musar Red 1974
The colour is bright, even brilliant – of tile and ruby. An intensely powerful nose, gamey, minerally with grilled meats and spices. It is fine and pure. A supple wine which is quite powerful on the palate. Tannins are still firm and balanced by good sweetness. Harmonious with long length. It is recommended to allow the wine to breathe for at least two hours and to decant before serving at room temperature. In his notes at the time, Serge Hochar thought the 1974 a lighter vintage, though by 2000 it had filled out and was approaching maturity.
“It is the one to track down if you can. My tasting note from two years ago tells me that it had very good depth in colour but still very light, warm and orange tones. Very vibrant on the nose, alive with sweet fruits but a dry nose to it. Shows extraordinary texture in the aromas, earthy and aged. The palate is velvety, textured, extremely deep. This is a big wine with a very long finish and high acidity. Combining older fruits with notes of sweet biscuits. A fascinating wine, like an old man with many stories to tell” – World Wine Consultants, December 2019