Gaston Hochar – Chateau Musar
Deep ruby colour and an aroma of fresh hedgerow berries – bramble, blackcurrant and cherry, also more complexity coming through later with leather and delicate, peppery-spice notes. The flavours are similar, with some soft vanilla, warming spice and a cocoa note. Fresh acidity and supple tannins make the wine a perfect accompaniment to richer, fattier meats like duck or a ribeye steak.
Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault
Region: Bekaa Valley
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Chateau Musar has long been Lebanon’s most successful wine export, producing vintages of incredible complexity and impressive ageing potential. The wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient winemaking culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon’s high altitude Bekaa Valley for over 6,000 years. The Hochar family’s philosophy of respect for the environment means that the 180 hectares of Musar vineyards are managed with minimal human interference and all the wines are made naturally. Over the last 60 years, under the guidance of wine legend Serge Hochar, and now his sons Gaston and Marc, Musar continues to triumph over adversity.
Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault, this is a wine constructed at a snail’s pace. Each individual element is fermented and aged separately, spending its first 12 months in barrel. After three years the wine is blended and aged in the Musar cellars a further three years prior to release. At six years of age, its exotic, heady perfume aromas have begun to develop, and the spicy, red-fruited flavours are already so seductive. There is no wine quite like it.