Château Musar White 2009
In 1930, Gaston Hochar founded Château Musar, inspired by Lebanon's 6,000-year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux.
The wines of Château Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient wine-making culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon’s high altitude for over 6,000 years. From around 4,500 BC, the sea-faring Phoenicians (ancestors of the modern Lebanese) distributed their wines and vines throughout the Mediterranean, traveling as far as Cadiz (and possibly beyond) in their robust cedar boats.
The grapes used to make Château Musar Red are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Carignan from long-established, mature vines yielding a maximum of 30 to 35 hectolitres per hectare. The ancient and indigenous white grapes of Obaideh and Merwah, which prefer slightly cooler conditions to the reds, are grown in vineyards at even higher altitudes on the mountain slopes, some 1,500 meters above sea level.
Every wine of Château Musar is produced naturally with ‘non-interventionist’ winemaking philosophy and the winery was the first in Lebanon to implement organically certified viticulture. Having declared to his father about wanting to make his own wine, Serge Hochar became Château Musar winemaker in 1959 and spent 18 years perfecting the 'formula' for Château Musar's Red and was chosen as Decanter Magazine's first 'Man of the Year' in 1984 for his dedication to producing superb quality wines during Lebanon's Civil War (1975-1990).