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The Hochar family’s philosophy of respect for the environment means that the 180 hectares of Musar vineyards are managed with minimal human interference and all the wines are made as naturally.
Chateau Musar was the first producer in Lebanon to achieve organic certification for its vineyards. Most are located in the Bekaa Valley, cradled between two mountain ranges running parallel to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coastline. Vines have been cultivated here for at least 6,000 years: the Phoenicians (seafaring ancestors of the modern Lebanese) were instrumental in bringing vines and wines from Byblos across to all of the areas around the Mediterranean.
Flanked by snow-covered mountains, and nestled at 1000m (3,000 feet) above sea level, the serenely beautiful Bekaa Valley is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, fresh mountain breezes and an average temperature of 25°C (encompassing snowy winters and hot summers).
Deep, dark red in the glass, the nose is an intriguing mix of figs, prunes, leather, dark tea, tobacco and black olives with spices and a certain earthiness. On the palate, there are ripe black cherries, figs, damsons, chocolate and olives. There is good acidity with nice smooth tannins resulting in a wine which is full-bodied, rich and velvety with very long length.
Producer Chateau Musar
Origin Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Grapes A blend of Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon & Carignan
Alcohol 13.5% ABV
Style Full body well structured red
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, fermentated in concrete. Macerated for up to 5 weeks. Maturated in oak barriques for 1 year. Blended and bottled before being aged for a further 3-4 years before release.
Notes Organic, Natural