Chateau Musar Hochar Pere et Fils Red 2017
PRODUCER: Hochar Père et Fils is sourced from specially selected vineyards near the village of Aana in the Bekaa Valley, characterised by deep, gravelly soil over a limestone base. Low yields (25-30 hectolitres per hectare) result in concentrated wine and the altitude keeps the average yearly temperatures at around 25 °C, encompassing cold, snowy winters, mild springs and hot summers.
WINEMAKING: The Hochar Père et Fils 2017 is a blend of Cinsault (55%), Grenache (35%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). The grapes were fermented between 27 °C and 29 °C with maceration in cement vats, followed by 6 months in French Nevers oak barrels. It was blended in the spring of 2019 and bottled during the summer of the same year.
TASTING NOTE: The Hochar of this year is a ruby red in colour, 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 quite a long finish.