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Château Musar 2017 Lebanon (12x37.5cl)

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Château Musar 2017 Lebanon (12x37.5cl)

Incorporating the Magic of half bottles...

"Discovered" by Michael Broadbent at the Bristol wine fair in 1979, this wine has been a firm favourite of the British wine trade ever since.

Seven years in the making, Château Musar Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Aana and Kefraya on gravelly soils over limestone. Planted from the 1930s onwards, yields are low from these mature bushvines - average age: 40 years!

The varietal components in Château Musar Red undergo a lengthy fermentation in cement vats at temperatures below 30°C. 6 months after the harvest they are transferred into French barrels (oak from the forest of Nevers) for 12 months. After the blending, the wine stays in vat for 12 months before bottling - the result speaks for itself!

History: Lebanon’s wine making history dates back 1,000 of years. In the city of Baalbek, in the Bekaa Valley, an astonishingly intact second-century temple to Bacchus, Roman god of wine, holds a dramatic mirror to wine’s cultural significance in this part of the world. Fast forward to 1857, when French Jesuit monks planted Cinsault vines in the Bekaa Valley, the presence of the French between the World Wars cemented a wine culture in the country. Today, Lebanon has come a long way in focusing on its wine production. On an average, close to 6m cases of wine are produced in this country every year. 
Gaston Hochar's celebrated Château Musar was a late arrival on the wine making scene, in 1930, but its meteoric rise has seen it become one of the iconic Lebanese wines in the Western markets. Despite the adverse effects from the frequent conflicts in the region (chiefly vineyard destruction and immigration), the resilience and dedication of Lebanon's winemakers has kept wine making traditions there alive.

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