Hochar Pere et Fils Red, Chateau Musar, 75cl
In 1930, at just 20 years old, Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, inspired by Lebanon's 6,000 year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux. His 'wines with noblesse' greatly impressed senior officers in the army following on from the French mandate of the 1920s. Major Ronald Barton, of Château Langoa-Barton, stationed in Lebanon during World War II became a great friend, strengthening the links between Chateau Musar and Bordeaux that remain to this day.
Hochar Pere et Fils Red is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the ‘second wine’ of Chateau Musar but this is not an accurate description. Rather than being made from ‘declassified’ grapes deemed unsuitable for inclusion in the ‘Grand Vin’, it is actually sourced from a single vineyard planted over 50 years ago at 1,000 metres above sea level near the village of Aana in the Bekaa Valley, characterised by deep, gravelly soil over a limestone base.
A bright ruby red colour with a nose full of rich dark berries – blackcurrants, blueberries, and blackberries. There are also aromas of leather, cigar box, tea leaves and dark chocolate. The palate is enriched with soft fruits, plums, cherries and prunes with layers of the dark berries following through. This wine is well balanced with velvety soft integrated tannins. There are aromas of chocolate and vanilla on the long finish.
Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon
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