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Surprisingly to many, wine making in Lebanon is nothing new. The cultivation of the vine goes back to the Phoenicians who traded their wines along the Mediterranean trade routes, introducing viniculture into many parts of southern Europe. Some centuries later, the Romans chose Baalbek in the east of Lebanon as the site to build the Temple of Bacchus as their tribute to the god of wine, a Temple which still stands today. Chateau Musar, founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar in an 18th century castle, is located in Ghazir, 15 miles north of Beirut. Following an expansion of the cellar in the late 1950's, Chateau Musar is now able to store more than one million bottles of wine. Still a family concern, Chateau Musar is owned by Gaston Hochar's two sons, Serge and Ronald. While taking over the role of wine maker in 1959, the eldest son, Serge, studied oenology at the University of Bordeaux. Ronald, the younger of the two brothers, has degrees in Law and Political Science. He is in charge of the marketing and finances of Chateau Musar.
Chateau Musar Red 2001
Scarlet in colour with terracotta tones at the rim, it has a complex nose of cigar box spice, warm leather, baked fruits, ripe morello cherries and blackcurrants. The palate has intense flavours of red cherries, dark chocolate, olives, figs and velvet smooth tannins on the very long finish. more
Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2016
The Musar Jeune White of 2016 has a pale lemon colour, it is medium bodied, rich in exotic fruits, peaches and pears with a floral crisp finish. Serve lightly chilled with fruits de mer, grilled tiger prawns, smoked mackerel and Lebanese mezze. more
Chateau Musar Red 2010
It is a deep, rich garnet colour with aromas of raisins, cedar, prunes and cinnamon. The 2010 is a savoury, herby wine with delicate spices and the raisiny, figgy aromas follow through to the palate. This is an elegant vintage with fresh acidity and a long, dry finish. more
Chateau Musar White 2009
The Chateau white of this year is a deep golden colour with honeyed aromas, full of tropical fruits; pineapple, banana with warm, toasty buttery notes. The palate is rich in ripe yellow fruits, quince and apricot with the pineapple flavours following through. It also has dried fruits and almonds with ... more
Chateau Musar L'Arack de Musar
The Chateau Musar Arack is made from grape alcohol with an average age of five years. Traditionally, arack is distilled twice, then anis seeds are added in the third distillation. L'arack de Musar is unique in that it is distilled four times with the addition of anis seeds during the ... more
Chateau Musar Red 1999
1999: This is the basic palette from which Serge Hochar, no dry academician, creates his blends: First, a Cinsault from a single, soil-rich vineyard in Ana: deep core, young Provençal scent; delicious flavor, wonderful richness and flesh. Soft tannins. Next. a Cinsault from Ammiq's very gravelly soil:fragrant, lighter stvle, more ... more
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