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Samuel James

Samuel James

Chateau Musar 2003

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
2228 days ago

Samuel scored this wine: 95/100

A powerful earthy nose of cedar, tobacco, forest floor with dried red fruits. Big flavours in mouth, the tannins are big and grippy but noticeably getting velvety. I can't wait to revisit it in a few years. Drink now through 2030. Pairing: Ultimate steakhouse wine, Lamb, Venison.

2227 days ago

Samuel scored this wine: 94/100

Huge animal aromatics at this point, leather, barnyard, iron fallowed by sun dried tomatoes and pepper. The mouthfeel is big but elegant. Nice long fruity and peppery finish. Reaching close to its peak. Drink now through 2018 Pairing: Duck Breast, Lamb

Samuel James

Memorable Wine

1989 Jaboulet Hermitage Lachapelle


First Wine

Wolf Blass Yellow Label


Current Fav Wine

Cheteau Musar 2003

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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