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Created in 1930 in the cellar of an old 17th century castle, Chateau Musar is as much the work of a family as the living testimony of all the civilizations that have tread its soil. After a long stay in France, Gaston Hochar returned to Lebanon and created Chateau Musar in the cellars of the old 'Mzar' castle in Ghazir, overlooking the Mediterranean sea. What began as a hobby soon became a passion; a passion inspired by an initial encounter with renowned viticulturist Ronald Barton while he was stationed in Lebanon during the Second World War. The family's love for wine grew and in 1959, after completing his oenology diploma in Bordeaux, the eldest son, Serge, entered the business. Some call him the magician, the man behind this extraordinary wine. His response is that he only seeks is to translate what nature intended.
The Jeune Cuvee Rouge is a blend of Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah composed in the same way as their estate Chateau Musar, however the Cuvee Rouge is more "ready to drink" now than the estate which would benefit from up to 50 years of aging.
Founded in 1930 by Gaston Huchar, Chateau Musar is now run by his son Serge. After studying enology at the University of Bordeaux, Serge returned in 1959 to be winemaker. Between 1975 and 1990 when Lebanon was torn apart by civil war, Serge lost only the 1976 and 1984 vintages to the conflict.
Viticulture in Lebanon was introduced 6000 years ago by the Phoenicians who traded their wines throughout the Mediterranean and planted the vine in southern Europe. In antiquity, wine was exported from the Lebanese ports of Byblos, Tyre and Saida with Egypt being their first regular customer. Evidence of this may still be seen today in countless Egyptian inscriptions and paintings. The Bible is full of references to the wine of Canaan which is located today in southern Lebanon. According to the bible, the Hebrews had 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 probably inspired the Romans to choose Baalbek in the Bekaa Valley to build their largest temple ever, and to add, several centuries later, another temple devoted to Bacchus.
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