Château Musar

Hochar Père & Fils Bekaa Valley Red Blend

9.021 ratings
9.12 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
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
Ely Cohn

My first Musar Rouge outside of the Jeune line is a step up in complexity. It's the aromatic push of acetone and greasy fruit roll-up that hits the upper registers of my nose. I love that. And its the structure too. Young, textured with pulp, grip of an iron fist. A little bit abrasive but something that can work its way through in a few years.

Flavors of cedar, pencil shavings, graphite, and iron rich bloody cherry juice. Worth stashing a few to see how this evolves.

My first Musar Rouge outside of the Jeune line is a step up in complexity. It's the aromatic push of acetone and greasy fruit roll-up that hits the upper registers of my nose. I love that. And its the structure too. Young, textured with pulp, grip of an iron fist. A little bit abrasive but something that can work its way through in a few years.

Flavors of cedar, pencil shavings, graphite, and iron rich bloody cherry juice. Worth stashing a few to see how this evolves.

Dec 19th, 2021
Max Nomadic

Wonderful

Wonderful

Sep 17th, 2021
Albert Phelps

After a short time to open up, this wine has everything. Fruit, spice, full body. Delicious and smooth.

After a short time to open up, this wine has everything. Fruit, spice, full body. Delicious and smooth.

Aug 30th, 2021
Heather Rostker

Dinner at Lebanese Taverna calls for a nice Lebanese wine.

Dinner at Lebanese Taverna calls for a nice Lebanese wine.

Jun 2nd, 2021
Panagis Vagenas

Always up for MUSAR!

Always up for MUSAR!

May 29th, 2021
Ronald Mitchell

Love the earthiness

Love the earthiness

Dec 23rd, 2020
Henry Fuseler

12/2020. A very nice red blend from Lebanon. Feels nice on the palate. It’s very tasty with a smooth finish. Paired well with the flounder dish at Hall’s Chophouse. My first from Lebanon.

12/2020. A very nice red blend from Lebanon. Feels nice on the palate. It’s very tasty with a smooth finish. Paired well with the flounder dish at Hall’s Chophouse. My first from Lebanon.

Dec 17th, 2020
Rosin Yildirim

Sticky and spicy. Plum and cherry taste.
Very nice.

Sticky and spicy. Plum and cherry taste.
Very nice.

May 24th, 2021