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1977 Chateau Musar
Producer Notes: “Overview A great, complex wine, which with the 1964 was Serge Hochar’s reference for character and complexity. Grape Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan Winemaking An important year because I settled on the Chateau Musar recipe: more or less equal quantities of Carignan, Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon” – Serge Hochar

Following natural yeast fermentation, a crucial element of Serge's minimal intervention principles, the wines underwent a twelve-month aging process in French oak. During this year, Serge Hochar determined the future Musar blend, aiming for an approximate equal distribution of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Carignan. However, this particular vintage features a slightly higher proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, imparting a more Bordeaux-like character to the wine. The bottling occurred in the third year post-vintage, followed by a four-year period of bottle aging in the Chateau Musar cellars at Ghazir. The vintage was released in 1984.

“Mahogany-red, tawny rim, still with some vigour but fading. Surprising freshness and natural richness on the nose, not the depth of 1981 nor 1979 but Mediterranean warmth is plainly there in a slightly leaner form. What other half bottle today could show such warmth, clarity and a sense of place after 42 years?“– Steven Spurrier, October 2019
1x75cl ⋅ Margin Scheme £272 / Bottle
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2017 Chateau Musar Red Bekaa Valley
An equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, CarignanEach varietal was fermented with natural yeasts in concrete vats, then aged for 12 months in French Nevers oak barrels beforeblending in early 2020 and bottled without fining or filtration during the summer months. Fermentation proceeded smoothlyand temperatures ranged between 27 and 30 degrees.Malolactic fermentation finished by 1st November and preliminary tastings showed that 2017 is a different year with more structure and power, reminding us of2007, 1997 and 1987 vintages, as if it was a decade style.
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£42.00 / Bottle£35 excl. VAT / Bottle
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2019 Chateau Musar, Hochar Pere et Fils

Grape Varietals
Cinsault 50%, Grenache 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%  A fragrant and deeply coloured vintage, full of generously ripe and brambly fruit. There are black cherry, plum and blueberry notes on the nose and palate with a touch of spice. The 2019 vintage has great ageing potential although the tannins are already soft, ensuring its immediate appeal and approachability upon release in the spring of 2022.
“It has the DNA of the grand vin and is akin to fine Chateauneuf-du-Pape in its complexity, with delicious cherry notes flooding out from the Cinsault.” Jonathan Ray, The Spectator Magazine February 2022 
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£19.85 / Bottle£16.54 excl. VAT / Bottle
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2020 Chateau Musar, Musar Jeune Red, Bekaa Valley
An unoaked blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from youthful Bekaa Valley vines. Meant for current consumption – within a few years of the harvest.
Silky-textured and aromatic, with blackcurrant, raspberry and cherry jam flavours and a warm, spicy finish, it has been likened to a fine Roussillon red.
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£14.15 / Bottle£11.79 excl. VAT / Bottle
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2021 Chateau Musar, Musar Jeune Rose, Bekaa Valley
Produced from low-yielding, certified organic vines in Byblos and the Bekaa Valley.
The vineyards lie at an altitude of around 1000 m above sea level. The altitude moderates the average temperature to 25°C; the hot sunny days and cool nights provide ideal ripening conditions for the grapes.

A blend of 80% Cinsault and 20% Mourvèdre.

The grapes underwent ‘direct pressing’ and were fermented in stainless steel vats at temperatures between 18°C and 21°C. After malolactic fermentation completed, the wines were left to rest for 3 months, then cold stabilised and bottled.

This is an elegant vintage, with slightly lower alcohol (11.5% abv) as a result of the young vines planted with Cinsault in 2018.
It displays fresh aromas and flavours of honeysuckle, white peach and lychee with delicate floral notes.

Enjoy lightly chilled as an aperitif or with fish, such as baked salmon, shellfish, charcuterie, tomato-based pasta dishes and Middle Eastern mezze platters.
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£14.22 / Bottle£11.85 excl. VAT / Bottle
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1982 Chateau Musar, Red
Producer Notes: “Overview 1982 was a perfect vintage, if a little dry perhaps but there was an excellent harvest. Grapes were picked by hand from vineyards at 1000 meters above sea level, near the towns of Kefraiya, Aana and Ammiq and transported 70km by truck over the mountains to the winery in Ghazir. Grape Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan Winemaking Each varietal is fermented separately in concrete tanks with natural yeasts. Aged for twelve months in French Nevers oak barrels. A blend of roughly equal parts is assembled, and the wine is bottled without fining or filtration three years after the vintage. These bottles rest in the cellars for four more years before release.”
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£168.00 / Bottle£140 excl. VAT / Bottle
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1982 Chateau Musar, Red
Producer Notes: “Overview 1982 was a perfect vintage, if a little dry perhaps but there was an excellent harvest. Grapes were picked by hand from vineyards at 1000 meters above sea level, near the towns of Kefraiya, Aana and Ammiq and transported 70km by truck over the mountains to the winery in Ghazir. Grape Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan Winemaking Each varietal is fermented separately in concrete tanks with natural yeasts. Aged for twelve months in French Nevers oak barrels. A blend of roughly equal parts is assembled, and the wine is bottled without fining or filtration three years after the vintage. These bottles rest in the cellars for four more years before release.”
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£168.00 / Bottle£140 excl. VAT / Bottle
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2016 Chateau Musar, Red
Producer notes: “Our 2016 vintage is deep ruby in colour with high viscosity. Red cherries, plums, carob and figs dominate the nose with a hint of eastern spice. Kirsch and plums follow through to the palate with blackcurrant and chocolate. The tannins are velvety soft and this wine has a lot of depth and fruit concentration with a long finish.

The 2016 harvest showed without a doubt, that global warming is causing higher annual temperatures and at the same time, successive years of low rainfall have resulted in drier soils. Clearly, these factors may affect maturation of the grapes as well as the wine-making process but for 2016, with the much needed rainfall and almost perfect climatic conditions, we have high expectations for this vintages’ future for decades to come.”
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£42.00 / Bottle£35 excl. VAT / Bottle
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2014 Chateau Musar, Red
Producer notes: “A year for the history books, where the mountains of Lebanon failed to turn white with snow. Very low rainfall during October and November 2013, where precipitation did not exceed 18mm. This trend continued into the New Year – no rain, snow or cold weather and only two stormy days affecting no more than 20% of the country! February and March were the driest and it seems as if this winter was an extension of summer 2013. April, May, June and July, where buds open and flowering occurs was perfect for the vines, but with one very important element missing for summer survival - water. By early August, the vines were starting to suffer badly. Sugar content in Cabernet Sauvignon rose drastically while acidity was stable. The varietal lost 40% of its weight due to lack of moisture and the hard work started on the first day of the red grape harvest - four teams harvesting simultaneously for the first time in Chateau Musar history. Carignan was also affected but not to the same degree, while the survivor of them all was, as usual, the Cinsault.”

Tasting Notes “A deep red colour, with aromas of sweet cherry, plum and dried fruit together with a subtle spice element and hint of tobacco. The wine has a soft, rounded mouthfeel with lots of flavour and fruit concentration – caramel, mocha, ripe red fruits which are supported with soft, velvety tannins and a spicy finish.”
1x37.5cl ⋅ Duty Paid£19.25 / Bottle£16.04 excl. VAT / Bottle
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2015 Chateau Musar, Red Magnum
Producer Notes: “One of the most challenging vintages in a generation. A good start to the year with plenty of rain and snow, then temperatures rising toward the end of March, however between 10th and 18th April, night-time temperatures fell to between -8°C and -12°C which destroyed buds that had started to open. By early May, we were looking out on hectares of blackened vines and the situation looked catastrophic but, gradually, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, green shoots emerged from the stems of the vines. A humid June and mild July were followed by rising temperatures throughout August and a heatwave into September which resulted in further losses in the vineyards by the time it came to harvest. Cabernet Sauvignon was picked on 3rd September with 65% losses to the crop; Cinsault started on the 8th of September with losses of 70% in the vineyards of Aana and 40% in the vineyards of Kefraya. Finally, Carignan picked on 11th September which was 50% down.”
Grape Varietals An equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan

“Deep ruby colour and an aroma of fresh hedgerow berries - bramble, blackcurrant and cherry, also more complexity coming through later with leather and delicate, peppery-spice notes. The flavours are similar, with some soft vanilla, warming spice and a cocoa note. Fresh acidity and supple tannins make the wine a perfect accompaniment to richer, fattier meats like duck or a ribeye steak.”

“It’s a beauty of course, a blend as of yore of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault. It was fiendishly tricky vintage with a frost in April and a heat wave in September, threatening local disaster. Indeed some 65% of Cab. Sauv. was lost. What little wine that was made though, is glorious.”
Jonathan Ray, The Spectator, July 2021
1x150cl ⋅ Duty Paid£84.90 / Bottle£70.75 excl. VAT / Bottle
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1996 Chateau Musar, Red
Producer Notes: “The weather patterns during the year of 1996 were fairly normal. The rainy and cold winter was followed by a mild spring with good flowering. The summer was fresh and moderate, if not cooler than previous years. The combination of the colder, wetter weather delayed the maturity of the grapes and in fact almost stopped it. The crop this year was quite large, but because the wines were not powerful and concentrated, it was decided to reduce the production of the 'Chateau' wine in 1996. This was a conscious decision to produce a wine of finesse and elegance and one which completely expressed the classic nature of the vintage. Grape Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan”

“Fine mature garnet red, quite diffuse at the rim but no browning. Lovely florality on the nose for a wine of this age, with lifted freshness thanks to the Cinsault. Fine clarity of red fruits on the palate that hint of claret, and a natural warmth that looks to the Southern Rhône. But above all this is Musar: gamey, freshly leathered, ready in its half-bottle state for several more appearances on stage.”– Steven Spurrier, September 2019
1x37.5cl ⋅ Duty Paid£36.00 / Bottle£30 excl. VAT / Bottle
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1996 Chateau Musar, Red
Producer Notes: “The weather patterns during the year of 1996 were fairly normal. The rainy and cold winter was followed by a mild spring with good flowering. The summer was fresh and moderate, if not cooler than previous years. The combination of the colder, wetter weather delayed the maturity of the grapes and in fact almost stopped it. The crop this year was quite large, but because the wines were not powerful and concentrated, it was decided to reduce the production of the 'Chateau' wine in 1996. This was a conscious decision to produce a wine of finesse and elegance and one which completely expressed the classic nature of the vintage. Grape Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan”

“Fine mature garnet red, quite diffuse at the rim but no browning. Lovely florality on the nose for a wine of this age, with lifted freshness thanks to the Cinsault. Fine clarity of red fruits on the palate that hint of claret, and a natural warmth that looks to the Southern Rhône. But above all this is Musar: gamey, freshly leathered, ready in its half-bottle state for several more appearances on stage.”– Steven Spurrier, September 2019
12x37.5cl ⋅ Duty Paid£432.00 / Case£360 excl. VAT / Case
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2017 Chateau Musar, White
The Vineyard is situated in Mount Lebanon slopes, Bekaa Valleythe blend of this wine is Obaideh 60% Merwah 40%. Obaideh was the first to be picked on 19th September, earlier than usual directly due to the weather conditions, and the Merwah on the 27th September.Both the Obaideh and Merwah were fermented in new French Nevers oak barrels for 9 months, blended and bottled in the summer of2018, after cold stabilisation.

Producer tasting notes and serving recommendation:
"Concentrated and complex, Chateau Musar Whites show at their best after several hours’ ‘breathing time’, and should be served ‘cellar cool’ at around 15°C. They excel with pâtés (especially foie gras), rillettes, seafood dishes and will match spicy food as the wine has such intense flavours."
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£39.50 / Bottle£32.92 excl. VAT / Bottle
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2008 Chateau Musar 1x75cl ⋅ Margin Scheme£45 / Bottle
1998 Chateau Musar, Red
Seven years in the making, Chateau Musar Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Ammiq, Aana and Kefraya on gravelly soils over limestone. Planted from the 1930s onwards, yields are low from these mature bushvines (average age: 40 years): 35hl per hectare. In youth, Chateau Musar Reds are dense and richly-textured, with intense ‘baked fruit’ characteristics. Bordeaux grape Cabernet Sauvignon lends black fruit flavours. Either set of qualities might dominate a particular vintage, but the style is always emphatically Lebanese: enticingly aromatic, with persistent fruit flavours. Over decades the wines acquire tawny hues and mellow notes.
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£54.00 / Bottle£45 excl. VAT / Bottle
2015 Chateau Musar, Red 1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£42.00 / Bottle£35 excl. VAT / Bottle
1996 Chateau Musar, Red
Producer Notes: “The weather patterns during the year of 1996 were fairly normal. The rainy and cold winter was followed by a mild spring with good flowering. The summer was fresh and moderate, if not cooler than previous years. The combination of the colder, wetter weather delayed the maturity of the grapes and in fact almost stopped it. The crop this year was quite large, but because the wines were not powerful and concentrated, it was decided to reduce the production of the 'Chateau' wine in 1996. This was a conscious decision to produce a wine of finesse and elegance and one which completely expressed the classic nature of the vintage. Grape Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan”

“Fine mature garnet red, quite diffuse at the rim but no browning. Lovely florality on the nose for a wine of this age, with lifted freshness thanks to the Cinsault. Fine clarity of red fruits on the palate that hint of claret, and a natural warmth that looks to the Southern Rhône. But above all this is Musar: gamey, freshly leathered, ready in its half-bottle state for several more appearances on stage.”– Steven Spurrier, September 2019
12x37.5cl ⋅ Duty Paid£432.00 / Case£360 excl. VAT / Case
1996 Chateau Musar, Red
Producer Notes: “The weather patterns during the year of 1996 were fairly normal. The rainy and cold winter was followed by a mild spring with good flowering. The summer was fresh and moderate, if not cooler than previous years. The combination of the colder, wetter weather delayed the maturity of the grapes and in fact almost stopped it. The crop this year was quite large, but because the wines were not powerful and concentrated, it was decided to reduce the production of the 'Chateau' wine in 1996. This was a conscious decision to produce a wine of finesse and elegance and one which completely expressed the classic nature of the vintage. Grape Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan”

“Fine mature garnet red, quite diffuse at the rim but no browning. Lovely florality on the nose for a wine of this age, with lifted freshness thanks to the Cinsault. Fine clarity of red fruits on the palate that hint of claret, and a natural warmth that looks to the Southern Rhône. But above all this is Musar: gamey, freshly leathered, ready in its half-bottle state for several more appearances on stage.”– Steven Spurrier, September 2019
1x37.5cl ⋅ Duty Paid£36.00 / Bottle£30 excl. VAT / Bottle
1982 Chateau Musar, Red



1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£168.00 / Bottle£140 excl. VAT / Bottle
2016 Chateau Musar, White
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Grape Varietals:  Obaideh 60%, Merwah 40% The Merwah was fermented and aged in new oak barrels for 9 months on the lees and the Obaideh was fermented in stainless steel vats, two different fermentation methods to match the two different grape characteristics.
 Pale gold in colour – there is quince, lemon zest, baked apple with a hint of vanilla on the nose. The palate has citrus and subtle
herbaceous notes, grapefruit and preserved lemons with an overall impression of ripeness, a lovely freshness and long dry finish.
Cellared well, it will keep for decades.

“The 2016 Chateau Musar White is an extraordinary wine. It’s likened by some to a mature dry white Bordeaux and by others to a
Manzanilla. I reckon it could pass for old white Rhone or Rioja. The truth is that it’s not like anything else at all. Yes, there’s that
oxidative character, so typical of Musar, but there are also notes of honey, nuts, cream and citrus. It’s rich but dry.”
Jonathan
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£30.00 / Bottle£25 excl. VAT / Bottle
2021 Musar Jeune Rose Bekaa Valley
Musar Jeune Rosé is made of  ‘saignée’ (‘bled’) method and pressing method using pink juice removed from Cinsault and mourvedre grape must, fermented in cement-lined vats and released unoaked a year after the harvest.Made of 85%  from Rhône grape Cinsault and 15% Mourvedre from vines planted since 2000 at around 1,000m above sea level in the Bekaa Valley.This is a dry, lighter-coloured, serious Rosé, best enjoyed with food. Smooth and rounded, it has raspberry, almond and red appleskin aromas and a warm finish.
1x75cl ⋅ Duty Paid£17.50 / Bottle£14.58 excl. VAT / Bottle