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2014 Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

This is such a historical estate and a discovery that I bet you won’t forget for quiet some time! Founded by Gaston Hochar in 1930, Chateau Musar lies in a 17th century Mzar castle in Ghazir, just North of Beruit overlooking the Mediterranean sea. One of the great wines of the world, Chateau Musar has been run by Gaston's sons, Serge (who studied winemaking under the great Emile Peynaud at the University of Bordeaux) and Ronald since 1959, it is now the 3rd generations who looked after the operation. The estate initially burst onto the international scene in 1979, when it dazzled attendees of the Bristol Wine Fair. A few years after, Serge Hochar was awarded the first Decanter magazine "Man of the Year" in 1984. It became a British favourite thereafter but didn’t gain acclaim in the U.S. immediately. It was from early 2000, when sommeliers and wine lovers alike began raving for the non-interventionist wines of Château Musar.

Why do we like it? 

I have been very fortunate to try some old vintages from the 70’s and 80’s and the wines always deliver! There is a bit of classic Bordeaux scents to it but simply said, when you stuck your nose in a glass of Musar, there is no other wine on the planet that taste like it. It’s a wine that is dominated by earthy and savoury notes rather than fruits. It’s also relevant to mention that despite 20 years of conflict and bombed vineyards, Chateau Musar stands still and continues to make some of the greatest wines on earth. 

 

Grape            Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan

Country        Lebanon                                 

Region          Bekaa Valley    

Vintage         2014

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