Where do we start with Chateau Musar? Well, in the beginning …

In the beginning …

… but which beginning? Where do we start with Chateau Musar? Perhaps with the book of Hosea, written in the eighth century BCE, which tells those Israelites prepared to return to righteousness that they shall “grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon” (14.7). Lebanese wine was known as Bibline, after the city of Byblos (modern-day Jbaïl); it was fragrant enough to merit export to Greece. That practical Boeotian farmer Hesiod (we learn from ll. 588-94 of Works and Days, probably written about the same time as Hosea) liked nothing more in midsummer than a picnic.