Ch. Musar, Hochar Pere et Fils
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Organic

Ch. Musar, Hochar Pere et Fils - 2019

Item # 37720 750mL
$33.99/ Single Bottle
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Certified Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.


Tasting Notes

A silky Bordelais-like red wine from legendary Lebanese produce Ch. Musar. Made from 30 year old vines, this is often known as the "second wine" from Ch. Musar. Dark red and black fruits feel like velvet on the palate. There is a fine minerality and elegance with the lingering finish. Pair with rack of lamb or wild boar.


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Staff Pick Notes

I realized the other day that a lot of the time if someone walks in looking for a classically-styled Bordeaux and they talk to me, they walk out with a great bottle from Lebanon instead. That comparison in mind, the Hochar is sometimes described as a second label to the Chateau Musar wines. Really, it has its own identity. Cinsault dominant, with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon, it trades out the Carignan found in the big wines for a healthy dose of Grenache. While the influence here feels left bank to me, Bekaa Valley wines are their own thing, especially in vitality and freshness. The Hochar drinks balsamic and cedary, with roasted herbs, gravel, and dark coffee grounds atop a cushion of black cherry and pomegranate. Tannin and alcohol levels are both restrained, so the wine will drink as well with richly flavored fish as hearty roasts.

- JON

About the Producer

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon Chateau Musar was founded in 1930 by Gaston Hochar, although since 1959 it has been run by his two sons Serge and Ronald. Serge Hochar is the more charismatic of the two, finding time to travel the world to promoting the Musar name at tastings, seminars and similar events, while also maintaining winemaking responsibilities. Ronald, a lawyer by profession, looks after the...

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Grenache

The Grenache grape (a.k.a. Grenache Noir) produces relatively pale, fruity red wines that often stop just short of sweetness. Grenache is familiar to most wine drinkers as an ingredient in the blends of the Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon, where it can add charm to varieties that are a little rougher around the edges. The distinguished Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas appellations are both...

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The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California,...

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