Overview of the Wine
Chateau Musar was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar. In 1959, after studying oenology at the University of Bordeaux, his son Serge became winemaker. The civil war that tore Lebanon apart from 1975 to 1990 did not defeat Chateau Musar; Serge refused to abandon the wine, and lost only the 1976 and 1984 vintages to the war. Owing to his inspiring determination and grand passion for his wines, Serge received the inaugural "Man of the Year Award" from Decanter magazine in 1984. Recognition from Michael Broadbent, at the 1979 Bristol Wine Fair, threw Musar into the international spotlight and helped create a cult-like following. Chateau Musar is one of the most written-about and discussed wines in the world today.
Grape / Blend
Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
A dense deep red with our characteristic The red wines of Chateau Musar are known for their complexity and maturity. The wine is aged 12 to 15 months in Nevers oak, and blended in its third year, before being bottled and aged in the cellar for four years.
The Chateau Musar Red 1997 is a great vintage - a very important wine with immense power and concentration of fruit, a very great year with fabulous colour and incredible potential for living.
A rich, warm deep cherry red with a smoky nose full of spice and fruits. On the palate there are mixed berry fruits – cherries, red currants, pomegranates and Christmas spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Ripe sweet fruit with a smoky edge. Good acidity with good tannin levels results in a wine of classic structure with long ageing potential.
Decanter - 94 Points (Vintage 2011)
Jeb Dunnuck - 91 Points (Vintage 2010)
Jeb Dunnuck - 90 Points (Vintage 2008)
Product size: 375ml