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Chateau Musar Hochar Pere et Fils

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Hochar Père et Fils Red has been referred to by some as the ‘second’ wine of Chateau Musar, but this is not an entirely accurate description.  Rather than being made from ‘declassified’ grapes deemed unsuitable for inclusion in the ‘Grand Vin’, it has always been sourced (since the first vintage, in the late 1980’s) from a single vineyard planted over 50 years ago at 1000m above sea level near the village of Aana in the Bekaa Valley, characterised by deep soils over limestone.  Low yields (25-30 hectolitres per hectare) result in concentrated, complex wines.  Altitude keeps the average yearly temperature low at 25°C, encompassing snowy winters and hot summers.

A blend of mostly Cinsault and Carignan, with lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, the wine is fermented in cement vats, with 9 months in French (Nevers) oak barrels before blending and bottling (unfined and unfiltered).

The grapes for the Hochar Père et Fils Red fermented at 29°C, with 15-20 days’ maceration.  An alcohol level of 13% was reached. For the first time, the quantity of Grenache in the blend exceeded 10%.

This smooth vintage has aromas of baked plums, toasted bread, leather, earth and thyme. Silky-textured and spicy on the palate, with intense red fruit flavours, it finishes on notes of dark chocolate and tea leaves. 

An ideal choice for casseroles, roasted meats, seared tuna steak and Mediterranean cuisine, the Hochar Père et Fils Red would benefit from decanting and serving at between 16-18°C.  Cellared in a steady environment, it will keep for decade or so.

“The little brother of Chateau Musar leaves an equally big impression, but there’s a fruity innocence about it.” - Kitty Johnson, Sunday Express, 15th September 2002.

 

Vintage: 2012
Colour: Red
Variety: Red Blend
Producer: Chateau Musar
Origin: Lebanon
Style: Full Bodied Red Wines
When to Drink: Wines to Drink Now
Bottle Size: 75cl
Bin Number: 634

The 2nd wine of Chateau Musar, this wine is something different, it packs a punch and goes well with game and red meats.

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