Chateau Musar

961 1-201828, 328111 Baroudy str, Sopenco bldg
Beirut, 281
Lebanon View map

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...

  • Sémillon

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

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • 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...

  • Cinsault

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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Chateau Musar on Snooth

  • Chateau Muscar 2007

    Snoothrank:

    Didn't care for. A bit too much of a strange musky flavor Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Guess we could talk about Chateau Musar--where did all the cedars of Lebanon go?D asked that question in response to my comment that European vines were mostly planted a long time ago and so the clearcutting of forests and other threats have been amortized.  I was busy (and still am) at the time, but a second mention of Musar today drove me to c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • "Think again: Almost all the European wines are grown on land that has ... Guess we could talk about Chateau Musar--where did all the cedars of Lebanon go? Assuming the Phoenicians and successors through the Romans thought they were too useful for both shipbuilding and trading with the Egyptians and others to allow them to survive. Wonder how ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • And through the entire process, OT, which may or may not be exactly the same as ... Wonder how the winemakers at Chateau Musar view the subject.Now we're retreading material from a thread of two years ago: A purposely 'bretted' wine?Unlike Zuf I don't think it's necessarily great to just regurgitate the same stuff over and over again, when it's... Read More

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  • Apart from lack of hygiene in the winery, what part of the winemaking process allows for a funky nose?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Funk


  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so ... ... The Cinsault / blend from Chateau Musar "Jeune", 2012 Bekka Valley, Lebanon.  That was decent.  I had a glass of the Merlot from Chateau des Landes, 2012 Lussac-St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France.  I think this was the best wine we tasted on this night.The performance of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • This past December saw the passing of Lebanese winemaker and beloved industry ... he offered tastings of his Chateau Musar wines.  “Scurrying around in the backroom getting wines decanted and ready, Serge was always instructing me – I was happy to learn everything I could from him,” Frost wrote. “And it wasn't just tasks he was teaching, it wa... Read More

    From the article KC Star Story Reflects on Lessons Learned From Late Lebanese Wine Legend


  • Second that OT, I'd still be drinking Annie Green Springs!So I started this ... ... had to reach for the Chateau Musar blanc (Lebanese white blend of Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay).  Not much on the nose maybe some subtle lemon cream. The palate is mainly lemon cream with a hint of anise, some nutmeg, medium acidity and a medium finish. ... Read More

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  • Chateau Musar Jeune Blanc 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Cooked up some Lebanese chick pea stew so naturally had to reach for the Chateau Musar blanc (Lebanese white blend of Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay). Not much on the nose maybe some subtle lemon cream. The palate is mainly lemon cream with a hint of anise, some nutmeg, medium acidity and a medium finish. Interesting diversion but not an e... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Serge Hochar, a Lebanese winemaker whose Chateau Musar is arguably Lebanon's most famous winery, passed away as the result of a swimming accident during New Year's holiday in Acapulco, Mexico.  The spirited oenophile won the respect of his peers in the wine world and received an outpouring of support from his colleagues across the world.  Master... Read More

    From the article Wine Great Pays Homage to Recently Passed Lebanese Winemaker


  • 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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