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.