Chateau Musar

The Story of a Wine Icon

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Winemaking is never easy – but in the case of Chateau Musar, the most famous wine to come out of Lebanon, there have been times when it has been almost impossibly difficult. No matter. Inspired by the late, great Serge Hochar, a new generation continues the family tradition of making wines of charisma and character with minimal interference. In leaving things to Mother Nature, the Hochar’s story resonated powerfully with the spirit of survival that has sustained their troubled homeland. Yet it is also a story of our times, of winemaking at its most instinctive and natural.


“The book arrived this morning and I can hardly tear myself away from it. It is beautifully written, beautifully presented, the photos are superb and in a simple phrase, it is a book “whose time has come”.  Not only because this story had to be written, but it being throughout a story of triumph over adversity, it could not be more needed right now. Everything about it is uplifting and I could not be more proud of having been a part of its creation.” – Steven Spurrier

“What a great job you’ve done. It reads excellently and Lucy’s photos are remarkable. Chapeau all round!” – Hugh Johnson

“As with all Académie du Vin books, it’s a quality production with lots of photos… Musar nuts won’t want to miss it, not least for the extensive tasting notes by Broadbent, Steven Spurrier and Jancis Robinson.” – Henry Jeffreys

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