2017 Chateau Musar Hochar Père & Fils
2017 Chateau Musar Hochar Père & Fils; Red Blend from Lebanon
Winemaker Notes; The 2017 Hochar Pere et Fils is a ruby red color, bright and vibrant. Complex nose of red cherries, sweet smoke and cinnamon spice aromas. Cherry notes, subtle earthy characters on the rich, concentrated palate – it is all at once fruity, fresh and elegant, certainly a food wine with a quite long finish. Blend: Cinsault 55%, Grenache 35%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.
The Bekaa Valley is the heartland of modern Lebanese wine. Almost 90 percent of Lebanon’s wine is made here, as is a respectable proportion of its Arak, the anise-flavored spirit that remains the nation’s favorite alcoholic drink.
Chateau Musar, founded in the Bekaa Valley in 1930, is easily Lebanon’s most famous wine producer. Gaston Hochar set up the vineyard after traveling through Bordeaux, and today the old vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut, Carignan and indigenous Lebanese grapes Obaideh and Merwah.