Chateau Musar: The Story of a Wine Icon


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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.

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



  • Delve into the multi-millennia Lebanese wine tradition

  • The story of a much loved icon: Chateau Musar’s red and white wines have gained a worldwide cult following since their ‘discovery’ by Michael Broadbent in 1979

  • A year-by-year breakdown of how Musar survived the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990)

  • Vintage notes – charting the journey of these remarkable wines from 1951 right up to the winery’s latest release – from Jancis Robinson MW, Michael Broadbent, Steven Spurrier and Bartholomew Broadbent

  • How these wines came to be: from the limestone terroir of the Beka’a Valley to the Mediterranean splendour of winery at Ghazir

  • Musar’s place at the birthplace of viticulture – charting Lebanon’s 8,000-year wine history

  • An intimate portrait of Serge Hochar – wine lover, philosopher and survivor – by best-selling US author Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Stunning photography by Lucy Pope

  • Taking on the World: how Musar found fame in the UK, the US and in Asia

  • Tributes to Serge from our favourite wine commentators

  • Wise words from Serge: a list of classic ‘Serge-isms’

This is the perfect read for those who want to learn more about this incredible wine and delve into the multi-millennia-tradition of Lebanese wine.


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.


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