We get a fair amount of requests for Lebanese wines and now we have not one but two! But these are not any Lebanese wines, we have the iconic Chateau Musar now available in the Wine Vault.
Chateau Musar is probably the most famous Lebanese wine around. Founded in the 1930 by Gaston Hochar, the wines are made in the Bordeaux style, this was in part due to the friendship between Gaston and Maj. Ronald Barton of Langoa-Barton, who was stationed in Lebanon during WW II. In 1959, Serge, Gaston's son, took over and spent 18 years perfecting the Chateau Musar red wine.
Today we can enjoy Serge's wines due to his dedication to making the best wine possible in the Lebanon. The wines are made with minimal intervention and as naturally as possible, minimal sulfur added, indigenous yeasts and the wine is neither fined nor filtered. They were the first Lebanese producers to be certified organic in 2006 and they are also vegan. The Chateau Musar is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignon and Cincault. A unique aspect of these wines is that they are aged for 7 years before being released onto the market. For this reason, it's a good idea to decant the wines before serving. These wines are built to age and even after 7 years, they are still very much alive.
We are pleased to have in stock the 1999 and the 2001 Chateau Musar. If you've only heard about Chateau Musar, now is the time to come down and check them out! The best thing about Chateau Musar wines is how reasonably priced they are for wines of such distinction and quality. The 1999 is £38.50 and is a gorgeous wine, the 2001 is £39 and showing more maturity then the '99 but still great value and and excellent wine. Both are available in the Wine Vault.