“Serge was so much more than a
winemaker and the driving force behind
Lebanon’s best-known winery.”
Jancis Robinson MW
Edited by Susan Keevil, photography by Lucy Pope. Published by the Académie du Vin Library with the full participation and approval of the Hochar family – thank you Ronald, Gaston, Marc and Ralph.
- With contributions from:
- Jancis Robinson MW
- Michael Broadbent
- Steven Spurrier
- Bartholomew Broadbent
- Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
- Fongyee Walker MW
- Edward Ragg MW
- And many other admirers and friends
Chateau Musar’s story is one of war, hardship and utter determination in the face of chaos and destruction. Serge Hochar, its heroic Lebanese winemaker who stood by his wines in the Beka’a Valley through the 15 years of civil war (1975–1990) dodging shells and road-blocks to get his precious grapes to safety, knew that his wines were among the brightest stars in the world wine firmament. Today we look at the uniquely complex (and often miraculous) wines he created and begin to understand how and why Serge worked in the way he did.
Our new book celebrates Chateau Musar – its history, its terroir, the philosophy of its winemaker, and the legacy of natural winemaking that the Hochar family continues today, alongside its remarkable catalogue of vintages and stunning new releases from the winery in 2020.
Chateau Musar: The Story of a Wine Icon is the fifth title from Steven Spurrier and the Académie du Vin Library team.