#newwinethisweek Week 18 – Lebanese red
Wine from the Lebanon I hear you cry. Are you crazy? It’s honestly not as mad as it first sounds, in fact Lebanon is one of the oldest wine producing countries on the entire planet. The grapes grown are also very familiar, blends made from Rhone varieties such as Grenache, Carignan and Cinsaut, along with a good smattering of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
There is approximately 2,000ha of area under vine with the majority of it being in the Bekaa Valley. In years gone by the only winery that anyone would be able to name would be the ubiquitous Chateau Musar, but these days more and more wines from the region are finding their ways onto the lists of wine merchants and even onto the supermarket shelves of the UK.
Chateau Musar however does have real cult status in the UK. Gaston Hochar set up the winery following a visit to Bordeaux back in 1930 and Gaston’s son Serge became the winemaker in 1959, after heading back to Bordeaux to study at the University of Oenology. The chateau first came to prominence in the UK in 1979 when Michael Broadbent tasted the 1967 vintage at the Bristol Wine Fair and pronounced to be “the discovery of the fair”.
I’m also hoping that Lebanese wine will be one of the discoveries of #newwinethisweek!
You know the drill by now; get yourself a bottle, tell us what you think and give Lebanese red a score out of 10. I’m really looking forward to this one as my experience amounts to the sum total of two bottles… I am going to give Musar a try for the first time.
Lebanese wine isn’t the easiest to find on the supermarket shelves but here are a few places to start your hunt: