Knowing about Chateau Musar takes more than a sip or a glassful, however fascinating the taste of that wine might prove to be. To know Chateau Musar takes an understanding of terroir, of natural winemaking, of human nature and of history.
The story of Musar’s survival during the Lebanese civil war of 1975 to 1990 is well documented. It was a formative time for the wine and for its creator, Serge Hochar, who was only just beginning to trust his grapes (as he famously said) to ‘become what they wanted to be’. From 1975, he had no choice. They were harvested when the shelling paused; their transit to the winery took as long as avoiding militia check-points permitted (sometimes days), and winemaking could only happen when the coast road was clear and Serge could reach the winery.
And yet the war is only a tiny part of the history that makes Musar wines what they are. Lebanese heritage, charted right 4,000 years ago to Phoenician times, has had a dramatic influence on the way the vine is grown in Lebanon. The Phoenicians were the first to cultivate the vine professionally and to trade wine internationally; they then taught the Greeks their oenological skills, and earned the admiration of the Romans for their links to market.
Due to the limited stock of the back vintages we are initially releasing just 30 tickets, after that we will release open a reserve list for another 15 guests.
For a chance to taste this legacy with Jane Sowter, MD Chateau Musar book now Tickets are £20 per person.