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Chateau Musar 1996

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Chateau Musar 1996

The 1996 vintage is ruby red in colour, with some notes of mature cherry, olives, dark fruit and cloves. Medium bodied on the palate, with flavours of stewed fruits, plum and blackcurrant, leading to a long, spicy finish.... Read More

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  • Country: Lebanon
  • Region: Bekaa Valley
  • Vintage: 1996
  • Bottle Volume: 75cl
  • Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault
  • ABV: 13%
  • Wine Style: Rich Spicy Red
  • Taste: Full Bodied
  • Food Match: Lamb, beef & game

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The 1996 vintage is ruby red in colour, with some notes of mature cherry, olives, dark fruit and cloves. Medium bodied on the palate, with flavours of stewed fruits, plum and blackcurrant, leading to a long, spicy finish.

The Chateau Musar 1996 is made from a blend of grape varieties, mainly: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. The composition of these lebanese wines varies from one year to the next, giving Château Musar vintages a different character and identity each year.

Speaking about the wines of Château Musar, Serge Hochar says \"the harmony of nature is better than anything we could ever create. I believe it should be a priority to seek to drink what is 'true' rather than what is 'good' \". When speaking about quality in wine he adds \"I once produced a wine that was technically perfect but it lacked the charms of imperfection\". No doubt Serge Hochar's strong personality and conviction in his beliefs have provided much inspiration for the many passionate fans of Château Musar throughout the world.

History of Chateau Musar

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

In antiquity, wine was exported from the Lebanese ports of Byblos, Tyre and Saida to Egypt. Evidence of this can be found in countless Egyptian inscriptions and paintings. The Bible references the wine of Canaan which is located today in southern Lebanon. According one reference, the Hebrews brought home a bunch of grapes so big that it took the strength of two men to carry it.

The reputation of the wine of Canaan was such that 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 ever. 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 an encounter with renowned viticulturist Ronald Barton while he was stationed in Lebanon 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 1,000 meters in the Bekaa Valley where they are sheltered by the surrounding mountains running parallel to the Mediterranean coast. 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 the classic Chateau Musar 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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