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Meet the CoolVines Wine Geek! He’ll guide you toward – or away from! – wines that have a unique flavor profile: intentionally oxidized wines, earthy, stinky wines, wines with a bit of fritz on the tongue. Look for him throughout our web site, and on the shelves in our stores, to point the way toward these geeky wines.
The Grand Vin from Chateau Musar is fermented in concrete, before spending one year in vat, then one year in French oak, before returning to vat for several more years. While this wine is approachable now with a long decant, it will age for several decades. A legend in the making!
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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