Chateau Musar 2013
- Bekaa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan
A dense deep red with our characteristic sweet/savoury/spicy blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tastings from the vats in the winter of 2013, revealed elegance and roundness with a spice-dominant palate – liquorice, clove, cinnamon with a warm coulis of red fruits. There are raspberries and blueberries on the palate, this is an elegant vintage, integrated and balanced with fine tannin. No sense of Cabernet Sauvignon here, a more Cinsault dominated vintage with softer red fruits. - Winemaker's Notes
Chateau Musar was established in Lebanon in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, his two sons, Serge and Ronald joint the winery since 1950s. Serge studied oenology at the University of Bordeaux and has been the winemaker at Chateau Musar since 1959, successfully delivering nearly every vintage despite Lebanon's wartime difficulties. In 1984, Decanter Magazine recognized Serge for his winemaking skill and his courage, naming him the magazine's inaugural Man of the Year.
The third generation, Ralph and his cousin Gaston, who has been running the winery since the 1990s. Gaston's brother Marc also joint the family winery in 2010.
Musar has by far the highest international profile of Lebanon’s wineries. It is a modern, international operation, with offices in several cities worldwide and 80 per cent of its production exported. But for all its modernity, Musar is still a Lebanese winery. “We’re dealing with the same issues: the weather, the terroir and the volatility of Lebanese politics,” Hochar says. For Chateau Musar, obstacles and challenges are nothing new....