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Chateau Musar (U.K.) Ltd.

The Barn, Woodhouse Farm, Sexton Road, NR35 2DQ Hedenham
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Telephone +44 1508 482733
Fax +44 1508 482729
info@chateaumusar.co.uk

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.05  ASIA
  • 01.05.12  Lebanon
  • 03  SPIRITS
  • 03.01  Arak

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Product category: Lebanon, Arak

Chateau Musar (U.K.) Ltd.

The Hochar family’s philosophy of respect for the environment means that the 180 hectares of Musar vineyards are managed with minimal human interference and all the wines are made as naturally.

Chateau Musar was the first producer in Lebanon to achieve organic certification for its vineyards. Most are located in the Bekaa Valley, cradled between two mountain ranges running parallel to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coastline. Vines have been cultivated here for at least 6,000 years: the Phoenicians (seafaring ancestors of the modern Lebanese) were instrumental in bringing vines and wines from Byblos across to all of the areas around the Mediterranean.

Flanked by snow-covered mountains, and nestled at 1000m (3,000 feet) above sea level, the serenely beautiful Bekaa Valley is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, fresh mountain breezes and an average temperature of 25°C (encompassing snowy winters and hot summers). Remote and unspoilt, the Musar vineyards were ‘organic’ by default before the term was coined.

All the grapes are hand-harvested by local Bedouins between August and October.

In the winery, ambient yeasts do the work of fermentation. The bare minimum of sulphur is used and the Chateau Musar wines are neither fined nor filtered.

Chateau Musar also produces L'Arack de Musar, Lebanon’s purest aniseed-flavoured spirit.

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About us

Company details

In 1930, at just 20 years old, Gaston Hochar founded Chateau Musar, inspired by Lebanon's 6,000 year winemaking tradition and his travels in Bordeaux. His 'wines with noblesse' greatly impressed senior officers in the army following on from the French mandate of the 1920s. Major Ronald Barton, of Château Langoa-Barton, stationed in Lebanon during World War II became a great friend, strengthening the links between Chateau Musar and Bordeaux that remain to this day.

Serge Hochar, Gaston's eldest son trained as a civil engineer, then decided to study oenology and with the encouragement of his father became a student of Emile Peynaud at the University of Oenology in Bordeaux. Having declared to his father "I want to make the wine my way, I want it to be known world-wide – and I want you to quit!" he became Chateau Musar winemaker in 1959, Gaston senior having graciously given way. He then spent 18 years perfecting the formula for Chateau Musar's Red and was chosen as Decanter Magazine's first 'Man of the Year' in 1984 for his dedication to producing superb quality wines during Lebanon's Civil War (1975-1990). Serge has two sons: Gaston and Marc. Both have studied engineering and worked in the banking sector. Gaston now manages the day-to-day running of the Chateau Musar winery, Marc its commercial aspects.

"My brother looks after the liquid, I look after the liquidity." Like his brother Serge, Ronald Hochar was encouraged to participate at Musar from an early age: both grew up washing bottles and working at the winery before pursuing their separate paths within the business. Ronald would work 7am-5pm in Ghazir then work in the evenings at the Musar shop in Beirut. "We were paid 5 Lebanese pounds a day" says Ronald "I learned everything about selling from my father." Having studied law, Ronald's good-humoured contributions on the commercial and logistical fronts (against huge odds he kept Musar's trucks running during the war) remain vital to the business. Ronald's son Ralph works with the on-trade sector from Chateau Musar's UK office and his daughter Elsa recently produced a documentary film about Chateau Musar.

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