Château Musar

In 1930, Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, inspired by Lebanon's 6,000 year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux.

The wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient wine-making culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon’s high altitude for over 6,000 years. From around 4,500 BC, the sea-faring Phoenicians (ancestors of the modern Lebanese) distributed their wines and vines throughout the Mediterranean, travelling as far as Cadiz (and possibly beyond) in their robust cedar boats.

The grapes used to make Chateau Musar Red are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan from long established, mature vines yielding a maximum of 30 to 35 hectolitres per hectare. The ancient and indigenous white grapes of Obaideh and Merwah, which prefer slightly cooler conditions to the reds, are grown in vineyards at even higher altitudes on the mountain slopes, some 1,500 metres above sea level.

Every wine of Chateau Musar is produced naturally with a ‘non-interventionist’ wine making philosophy and the winery was the first in Lebanon to implement organically certified viticulture. Having declared to his father about wanting to make his own wine, Serge Hochar became Chateau Musar winemaker in 1959, and spent 18 years perfecting the 'formula' for Chateau Musar's Red and was chosen as Decanter Magazine's first 'Man of the Year' in 1984 for his dedication to producing superb quality wines during Lebanon's Civil War (1975-1990).
 

Website

www.chateaumusar.com/

Address

Ghazir – Keserwan – Lebanon

Country

Lebanon

Region

Bekaa Valley

Appellation

Bekaa Valley


Wines from this Winery


Château Musar Hochar Pere et Fils

Rich, ruby red with a nose full of fruits and spices - ripe black and red cherry fruit, smoky with a hint of cigar box and dark chocolate. Smooth and richly textured with a spicy red fruit palate, including prunes, damsons and plums, cherries and fresh tea leaves. This is an elegant and balanced wine with a long, mellow finish of mature fruits, chocolate and spice.  

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¥4,000
Château Musar Red

The 2011 vintage is our traditional blend of approximately one third each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. The bottling took place 3years later in 2014, after the wines spent a year in French Nevers oak barrels. Chateau Musar Red 2011 is a vibrantly powerful vintage and cellaredwell it will keep for decades. A great match for red meats, especially game, seasonal casseroles andmature cheeses.

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¥6,000
Château Musar Rosé

Elegant salmon pink in colour, this fragrant rose has aromas of strawberries, almonds, wild herbs and hints of rosewater. Smooth and well-balanced, with rich red fruit flavours - strawberries, apricots, peaches and white prunes, it Finishes on fresh yet lingering citrusy notes.

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¥6,000
Château Musar White

Beautiful honey gold colour with a nose and palate of orange blossom, honey, whild flowers and tropical fruits - guava, banana and passion fruit. A very well balanced wine with good acidity and a long finish of pear and honey. 

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¥6,000
Château Musar Red

This vintage was blended in February 2015 and bottled during the summer of 2015. Chateau Musar Red 2012 has a dark burgundy colour, a nose of matured stone fruits, plums and figs with liquorice and spicy notes. It has big developed ripe fruit on the nose and a bold taste profile of juicy, black fruits plus mocha and leather and a beautiful lingering finish.

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¥7,500
Château Musar Red

This well-balanced vintage is, perhaps, more ‘Bordeaux’ in style. The grapes were sweet and tannic, with good acidity: fermentation progressed slowly. A very approachable style for drinking now as well as having great cellaring potential. SILVER, International Wine Challenge 2008: “Sweet, gamey, cedary and fresh, with spice and dried fruit notes. A complex, warm nose with smooth tannins and peppery acidity.”

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¥7,500