Château Musar rouge 2007 - Bekaa Valley, Lebanon (half bottle)
Château Musar wines are known worldwide and have gaine cult status. Château Musar Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Aana and Kefraya. Planted from the 1930s onwards, yields are low from these mature bush vines averaging 40 years of age.
The varietal components undergo lengthy separate fermentations in cement vats; after six months, they are transferred into French barrels for one year. They are only brought together two years after the harvest; the resulting blend is then placed back in cement tanks before being bottled 12 months later. After 4 years’ bottle maturation in the deep stone cellars of Chateau Musar, the finished wines are released a full seven years after the harvest.
They always are elegant and well-balanced, with good underpinning acidity and a compelling structure. As enjoyable as this wine is now, it will gracefully age for many more years.
In 1930, at just 20 years old, Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, inspired by Lebanon’s 6,000-year winemaking tradition and his travels to Bordeaux. Serge Hochar, Gaston’s eldest son studied oenology and with the encouragement of his father became a student of Emile Peynaud at the University of Oenology in Bordeaux. He was selected as Decanter Magazine’s first ‘Man of the Year’ in 1984 for his dedication to producing superb quality wines during Lebanon’s Civil War (1975-1990). Serge had two sons: Gaston and Marc. Gaston now manages the day-to-day running of the Chateau Musar winery, Marc its commercial aspects.
- Château Musar
- Bekaa Valley
- Bekaa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault