Chateau Musar is one of the great icons of the wine world, there’s evidence of vines being cultivated in the Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley for over 6,000 years.
Chateau Musar was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar. Gaston’s son, Serge Hochar took over as a winemaker in 1959 and put the Labanese wines on the world map. Serge studied wine-making at the University of Bordeaux, under the great Emile Peynaud and amongst his many achievements since, he was pronounced Decanter magazine’s first ever ‘Man of the Year’, in 1984.
In Bekaa Valley, the summer months are sunny and dry with cool nights. The Musar vineyards are planted at high altitude on calcareous, gravel and stone soils which is well suited to high quality production. The winery was the first in Lebanon to implement organically certified viticulture.
The wines that are only released seven years after the vintage, at which point they are deemed ready to drink but still very much infants. Great vintages of Musar continue to develop and reward cellaring for many decades.
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