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Monday, March 2, 2009

The Event: a tasting of Chateau Musar White and Red, Feb 3, 2009.

The Time and Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 3 Pm to 4PM
The Event: a tasting of Chateau Musar White and Red, conducted by Stephen
Marentette of Whitehall Agencies.
The Venue: Oasi
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: we tasted six wines, all available through on February 4, 2009, as part of what the LCBO bills
"Internet Release"
The Quote/Background: we had some nice technical and descriptive notes to
read over. The Red is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cinsault, and carignan.
The White is a blend of merwah and obaideh, local grape varieties. We tasted
the Whites at room temperature.
The Wines:

-Château Musar 1998, obviously mature colour, sophisticated balance, red
fruit complexity, finishes with a long length. $69.
-Château Musar 1997, more red fruit on the nose and palate, extracts larger
than expected, still some greenness or stalky impressions (herbs?) $79
-Château Musar 1991, mature, very mature, spicy, mocha, some cassis, easily
my fave red (older is better?) $140.75
-Château Musar White 2001, very firm marmalade aromas, palate of orange and
oak butterscotch, some baked complexity on the finish. $35 (great price)
-Château Musar 1999, golden tones, toasty smoke, some brett complexity?
Fruity with a long length. My fave white. $63.95
-Château Musar 1995, golden colour is mature, dark bronze, spices, burnt
caramel, drying out nicely. $85.

The Food: just water.
The Downside: it was hastily arranged, leaving no time for research.
The Upside: a rare opportunity to taste rare wines.
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 88.


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