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Civil War + Chateau Musar's Fight for Survival
Civil War + Chateau Musar's Fight for Survival
Making Wine Under Conflict “You talk of war, and of civil war. There is nothing civil about war. What happened in Lebanon is that people fought their wars on our land.”  - Serge Hochar Between 1975 and 1990, Lebanon was a mosaic of wars caused by complex shifting political, geographical, and demographical factors. When 16 years of Civil War were finally ...
BY Gavin Lucas,
ON June 11, 2020
Chateau Musar Tasting Notes Year By Year
Chateau Musar Tasting Notes Year By Year
A Timeline of Vintages Many factors come into play when tasting Chateau Musar vintages. Was it a warmer Cabernet year (1999, 2000, 2005)? Was it cooler, making Cinsault more influential in the blend as in 1998? Or was it a Carignan year like 2003? Or will grape prominence be less relevant than the dodging of bullets across the Beka’a in ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON June 11, 2020
The Wines of Lebanon: A Phoenician Phenomenon
The Wines of Lebanon: A Phoenician Phenomenon
Lebanon's Lost Legacy: Viticulture Most of Chateau Musar’s wine is grown in Lebanon’s Beka'a Valley, a fertile plain about 30km east of Beirut, situated between Mount Lebanon on the west and the Anti Lebanon mountains to the east. Despite being more southerly than the great wine regions of Europe, the Beka'a’s elevated altitude of on average around 1000m above sea ...
BY Gavin Lucas,
ON June 11, 2020
The five most read features in 2020
The five most read features in 2020
This year saw us publish over 120 articles. From producer interviews and region guides to vintage reports, here are the five pieces that proved most popular Musar: a year-by-year vintage guide This summer we delved into the history of Chateau Musar – the iconic winery that has long proven the potential of Lebanese terroir. As well as offering a ...
BY FINE+RARE,
ON December 31, 2020
What to look out for this February
What to look out for this February
A varied palette of releases in February will satisfy even the most esoteric of collectors. From some of the biggest releases of the year from Leroy and Domaine d’Auvenay to lesser-known beauties from Switzerland, these are wines and spirits you won’t want to miss Valpolicella from maestro Romano dal Forno   February sees the annual release from Valpolicella’s pioneering Dal Forno estate. The sad news is there will be no new Amarone ...
BY Gavin Smith,
ON February 5, 2021

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