Chateau Musar

961 1-201828, 328111 Baroudy str, Sopenco bldg
Beirut, 281
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Created in 1930 in the cellar of an old 17th century castle, Château Musar is as much the work of a family as the living testimony of all the civilisations that have tread its soil. After a long stay in France, Gaston Hochar returned to Lebanon and created Château Musar in the cellars of the old 'Mzar' castle in Ghazir, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. What began as a hobby soon became a passion; a passion inspired by an initial encounter with renowned viticulturist Ronald Barton while he was stationed in Lebanon during the Second World War. The family's love for wine grew and in 1959, after completing his oenology diploma in Bordeaux, the eldest son, Serge, entered the business. Some call him the magician, the man behind this extraordinary wine. His response is that he only seeks is to translate what nature intended. Serge's younger brother Ronald, named after the late Barton, took over Château Musar's marketing and finance departments in 1962.

– Description from Mimi Kim

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Cinsault

    History of the grape: Cinsau(l)t has been growing in Southern France for centuries. In the Rhone and Languedoc region...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

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Chateau Musar on Snooth

  • Musar Jeune 2017

    Snoothrank:

    The Famille Hochar produces the Musar Jeune line (this one is the red or rouge) as an early drinker for those with shallower pockets. The blend of Cab Sauvignon, Syrah and Cinsault made with traditional methods throws a heavy sediment, is opaque red in the glass, and fills the nostrils with black cherry, wet rich earth and blackberry jam. Entr... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  •  I recently had to have a fair amount of miscellaneous dental work done - ... time round... including a Chateau Musar (Lebanon) second label (Jeune, or young in the French language - which was once used extensively in Lebanon and Syria as these were French League of Nations mandates following the First World War).  I plan to try this one soon,... Read More

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  • Musar Jeune 2014

    Snoothrank:

    I bought two bottles of this wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for £26.They are from one of the best known and most prestigious winerys in Lebanon a country with a history and tradition of winemaking going back to ancient times.The 'Jeune' range of wines was introduced in 2007 and are made from some of the younger vines planted in the B... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • This Topic is partially intended to start a new thread on daily wine drinking as the earlier topics are just too long and too general.  How about telling us more about your choices and helping me start a new thread for the next generation, so to speak?  The "why" is the interesting part for some of us - but pictures are always welcome; after all... Read More

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  • Back in the 80’s Chateau Musar and its winemaker Gaston Hochar caused quite a stir in the UK, “I didn’t know Lebanon made wine”, was the usual reply. It couldn’t have been further from the truth for Lebanon’s ancient people were bottling and shipping wine as early as 3000 BC.Chateau Ksara has now joined Chateau Musar on UK wine shelves. Ksara’s ... Read More

    From the article This Wine Region Lurks in the Shadows


  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of this list?  Clos du Rouge Gorge, young vines, in the Roussilon A Connoisseur's Cellar, Part 10 of 8: some fine bits towards the endWe might get another round, but after today there will be a break for at least a little while from this relentless assault of interesting ... Read More

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • The 1999 Chateau Musar is regarded as world-class!!! An exceptional vintage.IT IS VERY CONCENTRATED....sweet black fruit....good level of acidity.......a wine with a difference indeed.....everyone should try it at least once!!!I welcome difference in wines...so so exciting....Hoping to get hold of a few bottles as I am told it will get better an... Read More

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  • It takes a special palate to appreciate Chateau Musar.......Have you tried  any?I would not be running to have it everyday...but it is very interesting..... Read More

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  • OMG!!!   I just was ready to pop into bed after having....having...no ... wine...SORRY....no no not a Chateau Musar as I mourn the loss of its great winemaker....guess what guys and gals......I HAD A SHOT OF RUM!!!!! That rum is from the Caribbean!! Captain Bligh XO Special Reserve...smooth and velvety indeed.......a WORLD AWARD WINNING RUM fro... Read More

    Forum post in the topic HAVING SERIOUS FUN WITH OUR... by 218530amour 218530 amour


  • chateau musar is one of most deluxe wine in lebanon and in the world moreover this chateau has a high quality and characteristics specially chateau musar 1974,2000,2001 musar lover charles zgheib

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