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Introduction to Lebanon

Lebanon is a very small wine producing country in terms of volume. However, it is gaining popularity, mainly due to its most famous wine: Château Musar. These wines are made from a blend of grapes grown at an altitude of 1000m in the Beqaa (or Bekaa) Valley, east of Beirut. Despite the altitude, the region is very hot, and the resultant wine has flavors of cooked fruit. The actual blend varies each year, meaning that one year’s Musar can be very different from other years’ – grapes used include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. Musar is aged for 12 to 15 months in oak, blended in its third year, before being bottled and aged in the cellar for four years.