Chateau Musar (U.K.) Ltd.

East Wing Office, Earsham Hall, NR35 2AN Bungay, Suffolk
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Telephone +44 1508 482733
Fax +44 1508 482729
info@chateaumusar.co.uk

Hall map

ProWein 2019 hall map (Hall 9): stand A50

Fairground map

ProWein 2019 fairground map: Hall 9

Our range of products

Product categories

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

Arak

Our products

Product category: Arak

Arack

The Chateau Musar Arack is made from grape alcohol with an average age of five years.
It is distilled four times with the addition of Anis seeds during the 4th distillation.

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Product category: Wines from Lebanon

Musar Jeune Rosé

A guide to the style
This is a dry, lighter-coloured, serious Rosé, best enjoyed with food. Smooth and rounded, it has raspberry, almond and red appleskin aromas and a warm finish.

Grapes and vines

New method adopted in 2015.
Made of 85%  from Rhône grape Cinsault and 15% Mourvedre from vines planted since 2000 at around 1,000m above sea level in the Bekaa Valley.

Winemaking
Musar Jeune Rosé is made of  ‘saignée’ (‘bled’) method and pressing method using pink juice removed from Cinsault and mourvedre grape must, fermented in cement-lined vats and released unoaked a year after the harvest.

Decanting and serving
No need to decant; enjoy chilled (12°C) with baked salmon, shellfish, roast pork or tomato-based pasta dishes.

Storage
To keep the wines showing at their best, bottles must be cellared in darkness, lying on their sides and not subjected to unnecessary movement or fluctuations in temperature

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Product category: Wines from Lebanon

Musar Jeune White

A guide to the style
Musar Jeune White is an unoaked blend of Viognier, Vermentino, Chardonnay from youthful Bekaa Valley vines. Crisp and aromatic, this eclectic blend of French and Sicilian varieties has its own distinct personality – passionfruit, apples, elderflowers – and a dry, refreshing finish.

Grapes and vines
Made from the fruit of Viognier, Vermentino and Chardonnay vines planted since 2000 at around 1,000m above sea level in the Bekaa Valley.

Winemaking
Musar Jeune White is fermented in cement-lined vats and released a year after the harvest.

Decanting and serving
No need to decant; enjoy chilled (12°C) with grilled fish, herb-scented roast chicken, seafood salads and spicy oriental dishes.

Storage
To keep the wines showing at their best, bottles must be cellared in darkness, lying on their sides and not subjected to unnecessary movement or fluctuations in temperature.

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About us

Company details

The Family

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 had 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 looked 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 worked with the on-trade sector in the United Kingdom until early 2017 and is now focusing on South East Asia from Chateau Musar’s UK office and his daughter Elsa produced a documentary film about Chateau Musar.

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