Chateau Musar The Story of a Wine Icon

(5 customer reviews)
“Dynamic yet charming, always good company, plus a superb vigneron and winemaker, Serge Hochar put the wines of Lebanon on the map. It is wonderful to note that the family are keeping them there.”
Michael Broadbent

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. Serge Hochar would say ‘in Lebanon, difficulties are our habit. We are addicted to difficulties!’ and he famously continued to make his wines regardless of the bombing and shelling attacks going on around him. This is his story, and the story of Gaston, Marc, Ralph and Tarek, the new generation that follows him, carrying on the tradition of making wines of charisma and character with minimal interference. It is a tale of our times; winemaking at its most instinctive and natural, inspired by Mother Nature, and resonating powerfully with the spirit of survival that has sustained the Hochars’ troubled homeland, Lebanon.

With contributions from Kevin Gould, Elizabeth Gilbert, Catherine Miles, Edward Ragg MW, Fongyee Walker MW, Jancis Robinson MW, Michael Broadbent, Steven Spurrier, Andrew Jefford, Bartholomew Broadbent and Susan Keevil, Chateau Musar, The Story of a Wine Icon is the perfect read for those who want to learn more about this incredible wine and delve into the multi-milennia-tradition of Lebanese wine.

Format: 246 x 189 mm, 224 pages, hardback, colour throughout.

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225 x 170 mm, 296 pages, hardback, colour throughout.

5 reviews for Chateau Musar

  1. Matthew Kirk

    Lovely, a real story that combines wine and history – both modern and ancient (if it is OK to have ‘modern history’? I know that wine-making is not an easy life, I have long ago given up dreams of having my own vineyard, but surely nothing harder than making wine for 15 years in a civil war! Thanks to everyone.

  2. Kevin Archer (verified owner)

    A fantastic read start to finish ! You do not need to be a wine expert to appreciate this book. A hardworking family that have been through tough times but have never deviated from their vision. The family values shine through and are put ahead of any monetary gains. Highly recommended 🍷

  3. Colin Dourish (verified owner)

    A very enjoyable book with an excellent history of the winery through the years. I particularly enjoyed the personal focus on stories from the family which described their success despite many trials and tribulations in producing what has become an iconic wine.

  4. Andy Henstridge (verified owner)

    This is a great book and I have enjoyed reading it. I look forward to tasting some of these wines. The quality of the book is very good. Many thanks.

  5. Andrew Harper (verified owner)

    If you are a fan of Chateau Musar’s wines (like I am) then this is definitely the book for you. It provides a fascinating insight into the family, the history of the chateau and their wines. I think most Musar fans know the story of the difficulties the family had to go through to make their wines during the long and difficult years of the Lebanese civil war, but it still never ceases to impress the Serge’s dedication to make the most wonderful long lived wines.
    It’s also an interesting guide to the wonderful, beautiful, but troubled country of Lebanon.

    If you aren’t a fan yet, then buy this book and hopefully it will convert you to these wonderful wines.

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