Château Musar

The Chateau Musar Winery was established by Gaston Hochar in 1930 in Ghazir, Lebanon located about 15 miles north of Beirut. Chateau Musar vineyards are located in the Beqaa Valley where classic French red and white grape varieties are planted. The Chateau Masur red wines are made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache, and Mourvèdre in varying amounts depending on the vintage while their whites are made mainly from Obaideh (related to Chardonnay) and Merwah (related to Sémillon). Our Chateau Masur reviews indicate that while these wines are often compared to those of Bordeaux or even the Rhone, that they are quite unique in character as they are made in a natural wine style with significant bottle variation. In 1959, Gaston’s son Serge took over the winemaking operations after studying oenology at the University of Bordeaux. Chateau Musar wines gained international recognition at the Bristol Wine Fair of 1979 when Michael Broadbent and Roger Voss (now European Editor for Wine Enthusiast) selected the 1967 Chateau Musar as the "Find of the Fair”. Even with the challenges of Lebanon’s Civil War (1975-1990) our Chateau Masur ratings illustrate the perseverance of Serge Hochar and his winery as they were unable to produce wines in only two of the vintages during that span, 1976 and 1984.

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91
points

Château Musar 2000 Gaston Hochar Red (Bekaa Valley)

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Exceptional concentration, structure and balance mark this 11-year old blend of Cab, Cinsault and Carignan that’s ripe with cassis and plums and a plume of smoke, earth and barnyard funk. Tannins subdued into a powdery softness, it’s elegantly textured yet full and forward with a rich, layered complexity.  — A.I.  (9/1/2011)
90
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Château Musar 2009 Musar Jeune Red (Bekaa Valley)

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Gorgeous on the nose with a blast of fresh red fruit, violets and smoke, Musar’s Jeune is unabashed in its youth and verve compared to the more austere Gaston Hochar line. The palate boasts the same deeply concentrated fruit, but with a freshness and acidity that lingers to a smoky, leather-accented finish.  — A.I.  (9/1/2011)
89
points

Château Musar 2011 Musar Jeune White (Bekaa Valley)

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There’s a hint of violet perfume that permeates this dry yet honeyed wine. The palate is fruity, with abundant ripe cherry and grapefruit flavors, and layers of crushed chalk and stone lend a minerally complexity that builds on the midpalate.  — A.I.  (4/1/2013)
88
points

Château Musar 2010 Musar Jeune Red (Bekaa Valley)

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Notes of ripe red berries and plums permeate the nose and palate of this bold, concentrated blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a rich texture, and it offers a flurry of soft tannins and hints of spice and graham cracker that linger on the finish.  — A.I.  (4/1/2013)
88
points

Château Musar 2004 Gaston Hochar Red (Bekaa Valley)

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Enticing whiffs of spice, dried herb and ripe, briary berries emerge from this rich, structured wine. The fruit on the palate is lavish, almost pulpy, but it’s framed by lush tannins and brisk acidity. The finish is herbal and bracing.  — A.I.  (4/1/2013)
88
points

Château Musar 2002 Gaston Hochar Red (Bekaa Valley)

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Sweet on the nose with aromas of cherry and strawberry preserves, the 2002 Gaston Hochar is softer and jammier on the palate than the 2000 vintage. Prolonged aeration reveals smoke, vanilla, and toast notes and lush, smooth tannins that linger elegantly.  — A.I.  (9/1/2011)
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