Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Rosé Blend 2016

My first experience with one of Musar’s Rosés and I’ve got to say that it reminds me a lot of their Blanc but with a kiss of red fruit…which, in a sense, is exactly how this wine is made. Popped and poured; consumed over two hours. Served just a touch below cellar temp but it warmed in the glass. The wine presents as a sort of pale copper color. On the nose, a rather fascinating array of fruit including strawberry, watermelon, bing cherry, grapefruit, and generic tropical fruit. On the palate, I’m reminded more of Rainier cherries with kiwi, lemon, lanolin and almond skin. A rather fabulous body with wonderful texture…not too unlike LdH’s Tondonia Rosado, actually. Medium- tannin and medium+ acid. The finish is long and satisfying. No doubt, this is a very nerdy rosé and one that I look forward to experiencing more often! FWIW, Delectable misidentifies this as a blend of Chardonnay, Semillon and Cinsault when in fact this is Obaideh, Merwah and Cinsault. — 4 days ago

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Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Obaideh Merwah 2002

Chateau Musar always delivers with perfection, regardless vintage. — a month ago


Cap Est Beqaa Valley Red Blend 2017

Delicious red I had at pera soho with mom dad ali and Adam. Light but flavorful — a month ago

Château Musar

Hochar Père & Fils Bekaa Valley Red Blend 2012

Excellent and singular. Crunchy red and black fruit - the Cinsault really shines through - with thyme, tobacco, earth, and herbs. Silky resolves tannins, medium + acid, and an overall unique mouthfeel. Dry and sticky at the same time. Had with veal chops, and it totally delivered. — 11 hours ago

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Domaine Wardy

Perle du Chateau Chardonnay 2016

I’m unfamiliar with Lebanese wine, and it has a unique smell - almost vinegar like or astringent. But the flavor is a somewhat oak, full bodied Chardonnay. Very mild fruit, and not too dry. Good for when you want to bring something unique — 3 days ago

Château Musar

Gaston Hochar Pere et fils 2014

Piete brought it over. Delicious. — a month ago

Domaine de Baal

Red Bordeaux Blend

Le Petit Baal. Nice medium body, good spice finish. Nice. — 13 days ago

Château Musar

Bekaa Valley Red Blend 2013

Decanted for around an hour, the recently released 2013 Grand Vin from Chateau Musar is an enormous wine at present in its youth. Gradually, it opened into a gorgeous, exotic and utterly unique product of this unlikely corner of the wine world. There’s plenty of Bordeaux-like character in the form of dark fruit and cigar box, but there are notes too of cranberry, liquorice, clove, mandarin and five spice. The mouthfeel, as a whole, has a quasi Brunello quality to it, with its bright cherry fruit and mouthwatering acidity. But woe is anyone to compare this wine to any other, for it is incomparable. One of Serge Hochar’s last vintages before his passing in 2014, and one that will doubtless have a long life. — 10 days ago

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Château Musar

Gaston Hochar Grand Cru Red Blend 1998

Older than my first born! Delicious after sitting. After 30min smelling cherry, tobacco, and leather; very smooth. Even more delicious — 16 days ago

Château Kefraya

Bekaa Valley Red Blend 2015

Bordeaux-esque blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault from Lebanon. Notes of black cherry, leather, oak, and spice. Bold, tannic, and full-bodied. A nice recommendation from the crew at Suburban Wines in Yorktown Heights, NY. — a month ago