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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  • Cinsault

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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

  • The Clos Fourtet (St Emilion) was, the other two Cabernet Sauvignon driven ... ... driven ... up with a 2003 Chateau Musar and a 2009 Pinot Nero...will have to ask who the producer was but I enjoyed both of them arguably more than the Bordeau Read More

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  • Welcome, DRN!Depending on your budget, you should try to get ahold of some Chateau Musar, though that is from Lebanon. Very interesting reference point for the region.Israel obviously has a long history of viticulture, though the industry has had to restart in recent years. You could start studying before going over with some Yarden label wines ... Read More

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  • Any ideas for a new trip in the fall to Israel?  Are there any recommendations for wines to try? Read More

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  • In my continuing coverage from this year’s prowein, additional ... course it is Chateau Musar and their true story of commitment and perseverance. Located in the Bekaa valley, Musar and the Hochar family that own it have made wine in times of peace, and amidst the gunfire of war. While this verdant valley on the eastern side of lebanon has seen... Read More

    From the article The Greatest Wine You've Never Heard of?

  • Château Musar Blanc 1966


    Intensely aromatic this is all smoky herbs and soil notes with a remarkable freshness and subtle dried citrus fruit character. Unique, complex and captivating in the mouth. This retains a bright nature to it with rapier acids supportingly gorgeously fresh honeycomb, mineral, and dried citrus pith flavors. Really so elegant and fine. Each sip ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Musar Blanc 2000


    VA greets the nose and adds lift and power to the remarkable display of wood glue, mint, spicy florals, limestone, and honeycomb aromas. In the mouth this is all smooth, supple and integrated with a little minty spice early on the palate leading to notes of dried fruit, honeycomb, and dried yellow cherries. Good length and lovely nuance on the f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Musar Blanc 2006


    Smokey and stinky on the nose with real complexity but not at all fruit driven though this does show a hint of corn. In the mouth this is a bit young and unformed, showing an early touch of sweetness supporting rich, white fruits on the palate. Firm and long, theres some great chalky minerality on the finish along with some citrus note accents a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Musar 1977


    This is simply stunning on the nose with layers of oyster shells, earthy, wild cherry, and icy medicinal aromas and just a hint of diesel. Bright and juicy in the mouth, this shows really transparent and bright red fruits framed with nuanced earth and dried brush notes. Its elegant and a bit short but shows greater freshness than the 1979 today.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chateau Musar 1979


    A little stinky on the nose and frankly a touch off-putting but this does show complexity with composty base notes and some herbal accents. In the mouth this tells a different story. Its bright and finely textured with real elegance on the palate, quite a change from the nose. This still has lovely cherry, though it is a touch dry and short, but... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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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