Château Musar

Hochar Père & Fils Bekaa Valley Red Blend

9.1823 ratings
9.1134 pro ratings
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan, Grenache
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Veal, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2000 | It is a lucky day when you find Musar 2000 on the winelist. Restaurant Dôme has a mesmerizing winelist. The color of Italian rooftiles, transparant. Bouquet with cedar, spicyness and red fruit, quite rich. The taste is well balanced, refined elegance. | paired with venison | at restaurant Dôme in Antwerp

Vintage 2000 | It is a lucky day when you find Musar 2000 on the winelist. Restaurant Dôme has a mesmerizing winelist. The color of Italian rooftiles, transparant. Bouquet with cedar, spicyness and red fruit, quite rich. The taste is well balanced, refined elegance. | paired with venison | at restaurant Dôme in Antwerp

Oct 28th, 2022
Jay Kline

Popped and poured; consumed over three days. The 2017 Musar “Hochar Pere et Fils” presents a deep garnet color with a near opaque core. Moderate staining of the tears. On the nose the wine is funky cherry accompanied by desiccated strawberry, leather, damp earth, espresso, baking chocolate, and some exotic spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. Confirming the fruit characteristics and non-fruit characteristics whilst adding a licorice, prunes and a woody note reminiscent of a hollowed out log. I have to say…after some time (Day 3), it’s just the slightest bit mousy...showing some volatility too…but well within my acceptable range for it. Finishes long, lasting well over a minute. Savory. A tremendous wine with a very Old World (Ancient) sensibility. The best vintage of “Hochar” I have had to date? To my taste, yes.

Popped and poured; consumed over three days. The 2017 Musar “Hochar Pere et Fils” presents a deep garnet color with a near opaque core. Moderate staining of the tears. On the nose the wine is funky cherry accompanied by desiccated strawberry, leather, damp earth, espresso, baking chocolate, and some exotic spices. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium+ tannin and medium+ acid. Confirming the fruit characteristics and non-fruit characteristics whilst adding a licorice, prunes and a woody note reminiscent of a hollowed out log. I have to say…after some time (Day 3), it’s just the slightest bit mousy...showing some volatility too…but well within my acceptable range for it. Finishes long, lasting well over a minute. Savory. A tremendous wine with a very Old World (Ancient) sensibility. The best vintage of “Hochar” I have had to date? To my taste, yes.

Jun 1st, 2022
Aaron Tan

In stark contrast with the rather polished and fruity Margaret River Bordeaux blend, this was all rustic and savoury. Sure under that veneer of volatile acidity and strong leather aromas, lied some nervy black cherries with lovely cedar-spice and licorice, yet in typical Musar manner, most in the group found this difficult to drink. I believe it's the combination of grainy tannic structure plus VA-derived vinegar aromas and umeshu-like twang in this finish that threw most off. I, on the other hand, found it quite compelling.

In stark contrast with the rather polished and fruity Margaret River Bordeaux blend, this was all rustic and savoury. Sure under that veneer of volatile acidity and strong leather aromas, lied some nervy black cherries with lovely cedar-spice and licorice, yet in typical Musar manner, most in the group found this difficult to drink. I believe it's the combination of grainy tannic structure plus VA-derived vinegar aromas and umeshu-like twang in this finish that threw most off. I, on the other hand, found it quite compelling.

Feb 27th, 2022
Sue Mohle

20 years old and absolutely perfect. Complex knows of every red and black fruit, some red clay and an earthy, mushroomy umami. Shared with the friend I bought it from. Well worth the wait

20 years old and absolutely perfect. Complex knows of every red and black fruit, some red clay and an earthy, mushroomy umami. Shared with the friend I bought it from. Well worth the wait

Jan 27th, 2022
Josh Morgenthau

Deep mysterious nose; old cigar tobacco, spice bazaar. So clear and pure on the palate, red fruit, tamarind, a touch of va, just so much complexity and vitality. Salty, briney, kalamata olive juice on finish. Totally resolved tannins… really so different than any other Cab I’ve tried. Mythic elixir.

Deep mysterious nose; old cigar tobacco, spice bazaar. So clear and pure on the palate, red fruit, tamarind, a touch of va, just so much complexity and vitality. Salty, briney, kalamata olive juice on finish. Totally resolved tannins… really so different than any other Cab I’ve tried. Mythic elixir.

Dec 3rd, 2021
Joshua Fisher

Watching DUNE again

Watching DUNE again

Nov 9th, 2021
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2002 | open spicy playfull mon Cherie great balance playful

Vintage 2002 | open spicy playfull mon Cherie great balance playful

Nov 5th, 2021
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 1999 | terrific balance morellocherries great balance

Vintage 1999 | terrific balance morellocherries great balance

Nov 5th, 2021
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 1995 | Biscuit spices marsipan lots of power Burgundian elegance > Sophia Loren alike

Vintage 1995 | Biscuit spices marsipan lots of power Burgundian elegance > Sophia Loren alike

Nov 5th, 2021
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 1986 | Incredible… só multi layered: cedar, morellocherries, flint, cinnamon, chocolate, Scottish tobacco. Well balanced. Very happy! This is a monumental wine. Easy one of the best wines tasted this year.

Vintage 1986 | Incredible… só multi layered: cedar, morellocherries, flint, cinnamon, chocolate, Scottish tobacco. Well balanced. Very happy! This is a monumental wine. Easy one of the best wines tasted this year.

Nov 5th, 2021