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Massaya 'Le Colombier' Bekaa Valley

Massaya 'Le Colombier' Bekaa Valley 2020

£18.00

Vibrant fruit backed up with pepper and spice - Lebanese winemaking at its finest.

  • Made from equal parts Grenache Noir, Cinsault, and Tempranillo, this wine boats ripe red fruit flavours coupled with subtle hints of tobacco, leather, and spice.
  • Grown on the hillsides of the Bekaa Valley at altitudes of 900-1,200 metres, free from disease and frost. The cool summers and wet winters make for an ideal winemaking climate.
  • The grapes are vinified at their Tanaïl estate before being matured in their Faqra cellars.
  • Pairs well with lamb chops.
  • A fresh, thirst-quenching wine for everyday drinking, distinguished by hints of spice and pepper. Drink when young to fully enjoy its fruit.
  • Grape variety: Tempranillo (Aragonez), Syrah(Shiraz), Grenache(Garnacha), Cinsault
  • Vintage: 2020
  • Type/Colour: Red
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • Suitable for Vegans: Yes
  • Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
  • Sustainable: Yes

This wonderful estate was set up by brothers Sami and Ramzi Ghosn in partnership with Daniel Brunier of renowned Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe and Dominique Hebrard of Chateau Cheval Blanc. There's more than a touch of French influence in the Massaya wines, especially the Rhone Valley, but in combination with the unique climate and ideal growing conditions of the Bekaa Valley where their vineyards are all over 1000m in altitude. Their new winery, opened in 2014, is at 1750m above sea-level on Mount Lebanon and overlooks Faqra, the world's highest altitude Roman temple. The Colombier red is a great introduction to the range, and indeed to Lebanese wines: sweet violet scented, with ripe, smooth cherry and blackberry fruit, a touch of dark chocolate and a distinctive slightly spicy finish.

35% Cinsault, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah & 15% Tempranillo

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

14.5% ABV

The smoothest and most delicious wine I had to drink in a while! A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Tempranillo grown at 1000m of altitude in only 50 hectares of vineyards. Big cassis, cherry accompanied by hints of spice, cedar and tobacco. Velvety texture and very-well integrated tannins, bold and elegant. Superb! - Romain Alaphilippe, OWC

Crafted from equal parts Grenache, Cinsault, and Tempranillo, this wine boasts a luscious blend of peppery and ripe flavours. Hailing from a Lebanese vineyard continually advancing in excellence, it is certainly a wine worth trying this January. - Dom Smiley, OWC