The Hochar Père et Fils Red 2002 is an intense burgundy colour with a beguiling, complex nose full of ripe, juicy black and red fruits with Christmas spices combined with figs, dates and cedar wood. The oak is subtle and well-integrated with a palate bursting with fruits - red and black cherries, juicy blackcurrants and blackberries, damsons and plums balanced with good acidity, fine tannins and excellent length. A wine of great structure with excellent ageing potential.
The 2002 vintage is a blend mainly consisting of Cinsault with Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and a small amount of Grenache. The Cinsault, Carignan and Grenache vines are trained in 'gobelet' and the Cabernet Sauvignon vines are in 'Guyot double'. These red grapes are harvested in September and following fermentation in temperature controlled cement vats, each grape variety spends between 6 and 9 months in French Nevers oak barrels. After the blending, this wine was bottled at the end of its second year from the harvest in August and September 2004 and released in the Autumn of 2007.
Simple, solid aromas of cherry, cinnamon and spice are followed by like flavors in this good everyday red from Lebanon. The wine has a soft touch but plenty of character, and its lingering berry and spice finish add to the appeal. A solid overall performance.