Chateau Musar Rouge, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 1997

Chateau Musar Rouge, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 1997

Chateau Musar Rouge, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 1997

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'The story of Musar’s survival during the Lebanese civil war of 1975 to 1990 is well documented. It was a formative time for our wine and for its creator, Serge Hochar, who was only just beginning to trust his grapes (as he famously said) to ‘become what they wanted to be’. From 1975, he had no choice. They were harvested when the shelling paused; their transit to the winery took as long as avoiding militia check-points permitted (sometimes days), and winemaking could only happen when the coast road was clear and Serge could reach the winery.

The wine he made during this time had to find its own way past the delays and disruption caused by war, and miraculously it did so. Serge called his 1982 ‘a pure wine of war’. Eighty hectares of Hochar vineyards in the Beka’a Valley became the frontline for Israeli and Syrian tanks, the grapes only harvested by chance when a break in fighting allowed the loyal Bedouin grape-pickers to dash in and collect what they could.' From the Property

Chateau Musar is truly an iconic wine in nature and in flavor.  Think Rhône meets Bordeaux.  They can be slightly animal, co mingled with bramble fruits, early grey and tobacco.  They trancend the test of time, showing their true nature with 15+ years of age. 

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