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Château Musar

The winery in the 18th century Mzar Castle in the town of Ghazir 25 kilometers north of Beirut in the Lebanon was founded by the Frenchman Gaston Hochar (1910-1972) in 1930. From 1959 onwards, his son Serge (1939-2014), cellar master, trained at the University of Bordeaux and his brother Ronald (* 1944) was responsible for finance and marketing. Under advice of the family Barton The expansion in French oak was introduced in the mid-1950s. The winery was suddenly known overnight in 1979 at the wine fair in Bristol, England, when all tasters rated its red wine very high. This paved the way for further success, bringing world-wide recognition to Lebanese wine and Serge Hochar. He became a heroic legend when he continued to produce wine during the Lebanese civil war in the 1980s, although Syrian tanks were in the vineyards (only in 1976 and 1984 there was no harvest by the war). After the harvest, the grapes had to be transported through minefields.

Since 1994 Gaston Hochar (* 1966) has been responsible for the third generation of the family. The winery has no own vineyards, but the grapes are bought by long-term contracted vintners. Both the tillering and the cultivation or the care of the vine take place according to the guidelines and supervision of the winery. The widely scattered vineyards cover a total of 130 hectares of vineyards on gravelly slopes with lime subsoil at an average of 1,000 meters above sea level. The extremely low yields are limited to 25 hectoliters per hectare. The grapes have to be transported about a hundred kilometers from the Bekaa Valley to the winery.

The red wines are made from the French varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre and Syrah. The flagship is the long-lived red wine "Château Musar" from Cinsault, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. Before marketing, he stored another four years in the bottle. The white "Chateau Musar" is made from the varieties Obaideh (Chardonnay) and Merwah ( Sémillon ) pressed. The wines are usually without beautiful or filtration bottled. It will also arrack produced "L'Arack de Musar". Every year 600,000 to 700,000 bottles of wine are produced. Of these, 80% are exported, half to Great Britain, 10% to the Americas and 50% to the rest of the world.

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