Chateau Musar…

Produces some of the most amazing wines in the world… and Serge Hochar… is the reason why… I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with him this fall in Boston…it was truly one of the best wine experiences of my life… I became familiar with wine of Chateau Musar 11 years ago… I was at my friend Scott Worcester’s 40th birthday party. It was a large group of friends that occupied several large tables for dinner… There were many “wine people” in attendance and many “special” bottles of wine were opened that night. I was not sitting at Scott’s table, but our friends Mike “Hago” Harrington and Justin Wardwell were. At one point in the evening I got up from my table and began to walk across room, as I passed Scott’s table I caught a wif of something truly amazing… aromas that I had never smelled before…it stopped me dead in my tracks. I turned to the table, looked at Hago, and asked “what is that smell?” He looked up over his eyeglasses… with his nose buried in his wine glass and calmly stated “why, it’s Musar” I sat down in the first empty chair I could find and grabbed a glass… I had to try that wine! I haven’t been the same since. Chateau Musar is truly an amazing wine. There is nothing else like it on the planet. It is uniquely age worthy…(the family recommends you start drinking the reds at 15 years…and hold off on the whites even longer). Chateau Musar is also of the most natural wines in the world…Serge Hochar was trained in Bordeaux, but employs a “non-interventionist approach” to his wine making. He takes what nature gives him, and when the time is right,like a conductor, he orchestrates a harmonious symphony. The grapes are grown in the famed Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, where they have been making wine since biblical times. The vines are extremely old and predate phylloxera…The soil there is mostly calcareous limestone with gravel and stone. The grapes…Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, and Carignan (for red) and Obaideh (predecessor of Chardonnay) and Merwah (predecessor of Semillon) for white…are fermented with naturally occurring wild yeasts and vinified separately for up to 2 years in concrete tanks. Concrete primary ingredient? Limestone. That is why it has been said that Chateau Musar is one of the most natural wines in the world. Serge Hochar’s magical influence comes later in the process. He uses his instinct and experience to blend the different varietals in to what are truly the most unforgettable wines on earth. If you have the opportunity to try a bottle…do it. Your life will never be the same…