Editor's Rating


Winery – Chateau Musar 
Wine – Gaston Hochar Red 
Vintage – 2000
Varietal – CS/Cinsault/Carignan Approx 1/3rd each. 
Score – 95/100
Price – GBP £29.99 USD $44.04

This is a world class wine, showing perfectly and smack bang in the middle of it’s drinking window. Offering genuinely good value for money, circa £30/$44.

The initial medicinal aroma and taste, smack of a heavily aged Bordeaux, but the warmer climate influence means the concentrated fruit just adds a little more power. It’s a thoroughly captivating wine, a real thought provoker if you will, that will have you swirling and sniffing for an eternity.

A fantastic flavour profile of incredible depth. Blackcurrant and vanilla, with subtle red fruit playing a supportive role alongside some beautiful savoury notes. Fantastic oak integration, with creamy sweet vanillin caressing the palate and a multitude of forest floor elements (mossy, dank, woody) adding a whole other dimension.

Ribena-esque in colour, fading to a slight bricked hue. Medium bodied, linear acidity, velvety tannins, distinct aroma and flavour intensity, with a finish fit for a King (and Queen!). Incredibly nuanced and elegant. You won’t find a Burg or Bdx to rival this for anything close to the same price.