2016 Chateau Musar Hochar Red

Beka'a Valley Lebanon

A bright and rich Grenache dominant blend from Lebanon, held back for years, to provide an elegant evolved wine upon release.



About This Wine

Sometimes called the 2nd wine of Chateau Musar, the Hochar red, has much in common with their ‘Grand Vin’. Grenache dominant, with Cinsault and Cabernet filling out the blend, this is an elegant, interesting wine with so much going on.

From vines planted around 40 years ago at 1000+ metres in the Beka’a Valley, it’s a rich spicy and aromatic wine, that is emblematic of Lebanese robust reds. Lots of smooth bramble fruit flavours, with hints of figs, dates and cedary spice.

Mostly from a single organically farmed vineyard near the village of Aana in the Valley, this wine, as with most wines from Musar, has plenty of time yet to evolve in bottle, however due to its long maturation in both barrel and bottle before release, is ripe and ready, to take to the sky.

About Chateau Musar

The story of Musar is one of one history, perseverance in the face of adversity, and one of a family that has had a singular focus over 3 generations to produce exceptional wine honouring ancient traditions no matter the challenges they have faced.

Founded by Gaston Hochar in the 1930’s, the winery gained international recognition under his son Serge, in the late 1970’s.

Despite all the turmoil that Lebanon underwent during the late 70’s and early 80’s, Chateau Musar continued to produce wines throughout.

Farming organically as they always have, their vineyards were certified in 2006. Planted to Cabernet, Cinsault, Carignan for the reds, and indigenous varietals Obiadeh and Merwah for the whites, the vineyards sit at high elevations in the Beka’a Valley, on calcareous, pebble filled stony soils.

The legendary Serge Hochar
The legendary Serge Hochar
Additional Info

From The Producer

The Hochar Père et Fils 2016 is a blend of Cinsault (50%), Grenache (35%) and Cabernet Sauvignon(15%). The grapes were fermented between 27 °C and 29 °C with maceration in cement vats, followed by 6 months in French Nevers oak barrels. It was blended in the winter of 2017/18 and bottled during the summer of 2018.

The Cinsault of this year was elegant and silky with an explosion of red fruit aromas, Grenache also relished the conditions in 2016 with its high sugar content but the Cabernet, the first to be harvested as from the 16th August, was the real star with a great combination of fruit, concentration and depth.

Blend : Grenache (50%) Cinsault (35%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%)
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

The Organic vineyards of Chateau Musar
The Organic vineyards of Chateau Musar
Beka'a Valley, Lebanon
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Such an interesting wine, with plenty going on. Dried fig, tar, spice, poached strawberry and raspberry, cedar, game and juniper berries. It’s sort of fresh and developed at the same time, if that makes any sense. Plenty of grip to tannin here, a grainy and chamois-like feel, tar and leather, baked plum, leather and dried herb on a finish of good length, closing with tacky tannin. It’s a tannin-laden offering, and should cellar pretty well. Not, perhaps, for everyone, though I like it." Gary Walsh (Wine Front)


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