Chateau Musar, 'Gaston Hochar', 2013, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon


An iconic rich, earthy full bodied red wine full of exotic spice and fruit. Oak aged, heady, and complex. A superbly well made robust red that is both decadent and a taste of the Levante. Gaston Hochar is seen by many as the godfather of modern Lebanese wine, and this bottle goes some way to demonstrating why.

Arguably the most iconic Lebanese fine wine and the country's flagship and standard bearer. While the success of Musar has put Lebanese wine on the map, it does also overshadow briallint work by lesser known producers.

This wine made from grapes grown in the Bekaa Valley, is constructed differently each year, but the style is always emphatically Lebanese: enticingly aromatic, with persistent fruit flavours. There are some constants though, the wine is made from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan and aged for some time, usually about a year, in French Nevers oak. It is bottled in its third year and cellared for four more years prior to release.

Producer: Chateau Musar

Country: Lebanon

Region: Bekaa Valley

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan

Alcohol: 14.0%

Status: None