Vintage 1998 is blend of Cabernet Caubignon, Cinsault & Carignan, which come from vinyards with an average age of 40 years. This vintage has more Cinsault, making it very fragrant and aromatic.
This wine is smooth and balanced with soft harmony - seductive and immenselt appealing
By Decanter, Rating : 4 Stars
This elegant, fragrant, Cinsault-dominated vintage arose from a cool year. Cold, rainy weather lasted until June (resulting in late flowering); summer was sunny but there was no rain. Picking began on September 9th; maturity was variable but the grapes were healthy and fermentation proceeded slightly faster than usual.
“Developed, gamey aromas. Well structured with a fine acidity, medium body, and good length.
The 1998 Chateau Musar is a rather prototypical Musar – lots of acidity, some brett, fine structure. It reveals a more gentle style on opening, but aeration proves how much underlying power it actually has. (That is, a lot.) There is a good analogy here to the 1994, concerning both how they showed early on and later. There is plenty of power, tannin and acidity, but there is also some balance. I loved the silky texture, emphasized in this vintage. It finishes with a controlled bang. This greatly benefitted from some air, showing layers that I did not initially think it had, but it does seem a bit on the lighter side. Drink now-2030.