It was in 1930 that Gaston Hochar, of Lebanon's Chateau Musar, planted his first vineyards, after returning from Bordeaux. Major Ronald Barton (of Chateau Langoa-Barton), who was stationed in Lebanon during World War II, befriended Gaston Hochar, strengthening links with Bordeaux and influencing the Musar style.
Gaston's first son, Serge, became Chateau Musars winemaker in 1959, while completing his winemaking studies at the University of Oenology in Bordeaux, under the tutorage of Jean Riberau and Emile Peynaud. 3 years later, Ronald Hochar (Gaston's second son) takes over the financial and marketing aspects of the winery.
It wasn't until 1977 that Serge Hochar finalised the formula for Chateau Musar Reds. 2 years later, Michael Broadbent discovers' Chateau Musar at the Bristol Wine Fair, hailing the 1967 vintage as the "Find of the Fair". Chateau Musar opens its UK Company to develop its sales into the UK market and thereafter into Europe.
In 1984, Decanter magazine nominates Serge Hochar as their first Man of the Year', recognising his dedication to producing superb wines throughout Lebanon's Civil War (1975-1990).
The family tradition continued in 1994 when Gaston Hochar, Serge's son joins the winery, to later become its managing director and again in 2003 when Ralph Hochar, Ronald's son joins the UK office in charge of sales in the on-trade.
2006 saw Chateau Musar obtains its first official, Organic certification for some of its vineyards.
Most recently in 2010, Serge Hochar receives the lifetime achievement award from the German magazine Der FeinSchmeker. Also Marc Hochar, Serge's second son, joins his brother Gaston to help run and expand the winery's activities.
The Chateau Musar's range of wines are this houses most famous range of wines. These are their Grands Vins', each with their unique signature and imprint in the world of wine. Since 1930, every aspect of production, grape sourcing, fermentation, oak-ageing and bottle maturation, has been trialled to achieve the ultimate expression of Musar's specific terroirs' (site-specific interactions of soil, vine, climate and time).
Musar Jeune Red vines are from organically certified vineyards in the western Bekaa Valley and the vintage was harvested in late August. 2019 was an abnormal weather year in Lebanon with 3 months of continuous rain and snow but this was a welcome relief after successive years of drought. May was mild with some rain and sun and overall this was not a year of intense heat, resulting in red wines of somewhat discreet aromas but concentrated palates with lots of depth and layers of taste. The reds of this year will achieve big maturity with a strong potential for ageing.
Cinsault (50%), Syrah (35%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%).
The grapes were fermented in concrete vats with temperatures between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius. It was blended in March and then rested in concrete vats until being bottled in the summer of and released in the following spring. Musar Jeune Red is unfiltered and made according to natural wine-making philosophy
Cherry, ripe berry fruits and violet notes on the nose. This unoaked wine is wonderfully fresh and full of ripe blueberry fruit. Good acidity keeps the wine vibrant within a medium to full bodied textured palate. The 2019 vintage is fresh and fruity and designed to be enjoyed in its youth.