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Chateau Musar 1999

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Chateau Musar 1999

The 1999 vintage is an exceptional vintage of this fine Lebanese wine. Dark red in colour, with scents of violets, game, and incense, the wine has a concentrated, powerful palate of dense, sweet black fruit, vanilla oak and earthy garrigue spice, with round tannins and good acidity.... Read More

Quick Facts

  • Country: Lebanon
  • Region: Bekaa Valley
  • Vintage: 1999
  • Bottle Volume: 75cl
  • Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault
  • ABV: 14%
  • Wine Style: Rich Spicy Red
  • Taste: Full Bodied
  • Food Match: Lamb, beef & game

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Additional Information

The 1999 vintage is an exceptional vintage of this fine Lebanese wine. Dark red in colour, with scents of violets, game, and incense, the wine has a concentrated, powerful palate of dense, sweet black fruit, vanilla oak and earthy garrigue spice, with round tannins and good acidity.

1999 was an exceptional year in the Bekka valley, starting with a dry winter, leading to a fresh spring and good flowering. Summer was mild; July and August cloudy; September hot and sunny, enabling grapes to achieve high levels of alcohol, acidity and extract.

Listed in ‘1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die’: “Rich fruit and ripe flavours; drinking beautifully.” – Neil Beckett.

“Licorice and rustic dust notes, broiled black fruit and hints of cranberry, musk and asphalt. Ripe and round at its core, then develops a lean mineral focus. Radiant, but intensely funky.” - Greg Carlstrom.

Musar 1999 - it rocks. It's harmonious, complex, exotic and more-ish. This is world class wine. Lovely now but will continue to develop for ages. 93/100” – Jamie Goode.

We would recommend serving the Chateau Musar 1999 with roasts, grills, game and mature cheeses.

 

 

The Chateau Musar Historic Timeline-

 

1930

 

Gaston Hochar of Lebanon’s Chateau Musar plants his first vineyards, after returning from Bordeaux.

 

1941

 

Major Ronald Barton (of Château Langoa-Barton), stationed in Lebanon during World War II, befriends Gaston Hochar, strengthening links with Bordeaux and influencing the Musar style.

 

1959

 

Serge Hochar becomes Chateau Musar winemaker, while completing his winemaking studies at the University of Oenology in Bordeaux, under the tutorage of Jean Riberau and Emile Peynaud.

 

1962

 

Ronald Hochar (Gaston’s second son) takes over the financial and marketing aspects of the winery.

 

1977

 

Serge Hochar finalises the "formula" for Chateau Musar Reds.

 

1979

 

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.

 

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).

 

1994

 

Gaston Hochar, Serge's son joins the winery, to later become its managing director.

 

2003

 

Ralph Hochar, Ronald's son joins the UK office in charge of sales in the on-trade.

 

2006

 

Chateau Musar obtains its first official organic certification for some of its vineyards.

 

2010

 

Serge Hochar receives the "lifetime achievement award" from the German magazine Der FeinSchmeker.

 

Marc Hochar, Serge's second son, joins his brother Gaston to help run and expand the winery's activities.

 

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