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Chateau Musar 1978

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Chateau Musar 1978

The 1978 vintage is deep red in colour, with a bouquet of tangy fruit, alcohol spirit and spice. Sweet and full bodied on the palate, showing ripe fruit, charcoal, cassis and spiced, nutty oak with firm dry tannins, and a long, rasping finish. This is an exceptional vintage of this famous red wine a... Read More

Quick Facts

  • Country: Lebanon
  • Region: Bekaa Valley
  • Vintage: 1978
  • Bottle Volume: 75cl
  • Grape Variety: Cinsault
  • ABV: 14%
  • Wine Style: Rich Spicy Red
  • Taste: Full Bodied
  • Food Match: Lamb, beef & game

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The 1978 vintage is deep red in colour, with a bouquet of tangy fruit, alcohol spirit and spice. Sweet and full bodied on the palate, showing ripe fruit, charcoal, cassis and spiced, nutty oak with firm dry tannins, and a long, rasping finish. This is an exceptional vintage of this famous red wine and has aged very well.

We would pair the Chateau Musar 1978 with stews, cheeses, casserole and game dishes.

History of Chateau Musar

Lebanese viticulture was introduced 6000 years ago by the Phoenicians who, whilst trading their wines throughout the Mediterranean area, planted vines in southern Europe.

In antiquity, wine was exported from the Lebanese ports of Byblos, Tyre and Saida to Egypt. Refernce to this can be found in countless Egyptian inscriptions and paintings, with the Bible referencing the wine of Canaan which is located today in southern Lebanon.

The reputation of the wine of Canaan was such that the Egyptians reported it to be \"as abundant as flowing water\" and this is believed to have inspired the Romans to choose Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley as the site of their largest temple. Several centuries later, another temple was built devoted to Bacchus.

Gaston Hochar created Château Musar in 1930 in the cellars of the old 17th century 'Mzar' castle in Ghazir, overlooking the Mediterranean sea, using the experience he had gained from time spent in the vineyards of France.  What began as a hobby became a passion, with Gaston being inspired by renowned viticulturist Ronald Barton during the Second World War. In 1959, the eldest son, Serge, entered the business, and became the man behind this exceptional wine.

The vineyards of Château Musar are located at an altitude of 1,000 meters in the Bekaa Valley, where they are sheltered by the surrounding mountains. The 180 hectares produces a limited yield of about 35 hl/ha. The Bekaa Valley is almost frost and disease free, with long mild summers, rainy winters (500mm rainfall annually), and an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius - perfect for growing these classic vintages.

The red Lebanese wines are made from a blend of different grape varieties, principally Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. The Bekaa valley provides a gravely soil with a limestone base. The composition of the Chateau Musar Red varies from one year to the next, giving it a different character and identity each vintage.

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