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Vintages: Between 1986 and 1986
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|JG 87+ (3/2017): The 1986 vintage of Château Musar has been fully mature for decades, but is still a pretty good drink, as it gently starts to peer over the far side of its plateau of maturity. The bouquet offers up a tertiary blend of desiccated cherries and red berries, coffee, hung game, damp soil tones and a touch of mocha in the upper register, which may well be a sign of the oxidation to come in the not too distant future. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still has good depth of gently jammy fruit at the core, with a bit of remaining tannin, good focus and balance and sound length on the fully mature finish. This still has pretty good structural chassis on the palate, but the dollop of mocha appearing in the aromatics makes me wonder if the fruit is going to fade before the tannins fully fall away. It is not a great vintage of Musar, but a good, solid one that has aged well, but may be at the crossroads. On the other hand, there may be bottles out there with more vigorous fruit components to match the structure of this bottle. 2014-2030+?|
MB ***[*] (4/2000): Two close notes: orange-tinged; sweet, chocolatey nose that opened up richly; full, ripe, Pomerol style, with quite a bite.