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About the Producer
The jewel in Lebanon's crown
The wines of Chateau Musar are unique expressions from a country with an ancient wine-making culture, as vines have been cultivated from Lebanon’s high altitude Bekaa Valley 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, travelling as far as Cadiz (and possibly beyond) in their robust cedar boats.
Their resilience in the face of repeated invasion gave rise to the legend of ‘The Phoenix’. They also invented the alphabet to help keep records of their various transactions.
The ancient city of Baalbek in the northern Bekaa Valley, takes its name from the Phoenician fertility god, Baal. The Roman god Bacchus was in turn worshipped here and the temples built in his honour remain among the most perfectly preserved in the world.
The region’s wines are mentioned many times in the bible, with the first recorded evidence of wine transactions coming from Byblos (‘book’ in Greek, hence ‘Bible’) an historic fishing port north of Beirut.
French in origin, the Hochar (pronounced Hoshar) family arrived in Lebanon in the 12th century, ‘Preux Chevaliers’ and have remained there ever since.
Wine & Food Matching Ideas
Grilled halloumi with roasted vegetables and cous cous
“There in no classic
My wines match all the
foods of the world.”
- Serge Hochar
Try it with
Roast chicken with orange, fennel, olives and herbed rice recipe
This is a complex wine that becomes more layered and nuanced with each year it ages. Make sure to serve it at the right temperature (15C) which is warmer than most white wines are served, but it will reveal more aromas and have a better texture. I love this take on the classic roast chicken which echoes the mediterranean flavours found in the wine (citrus, spice,herbs, earthy, nutty).