Lebanon

Lebanese winemaking was revived in 1857, when Jesuit monks planted Cinsaut vines from Algeria at Chateau Ksara near Zahlé in the central Bekaa Valley. In 1868 a French engineer, Eugène François Brun, set up Domaine des Tourelles, and others followed, notably Gaston Hochar's Chateau Musar in 1930. Musar would become the standard bearer for Lebanese wines in the West, famous for taking grapes through the front lines of the Lebanese Civil War which separated the vineyards from the winery. The French influence between the World Wars promoted a culture of wine drinking, as did the sophisticated Mediterranean culture of Beirut at that time. Lebanese winemakers have favoured French grapes, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlotand Rhone varietals such as Cinsaut, Carignan and Grenache.

However Lebanon has a rich heritage of indigenous grapes which are attracting more attention, for instance Musar White is made from a blend of Obaideh and Merwah.

Chateau Musar Red 1982
Chateau Musar
Chateau Musar Red 1982
Chateau Musar Red 1982  Soft, mellow vintage. Good balance between tannins and fully mature fruit with a peppery finish.
£247.00
Chateau Musar Red 1985
Chateau Musar
Chateau Musar Red 1985
Chateau Musar Red 1985  A small vintage, fine, tannic and round. Very well balanced with great ageing potential. 
£205.00
Chateau Musar Red 1999
Chateau Musar
Chateau Musar Red 1999
Chateau Musar Red 1999  Made predominately from old vines the wine is constructed from two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with the remaining third a blend of Cinsault and Carignan. The wine is vinified in the classical Bordeaux way with one to two weeks...
£36.00