Massaya 'Le Colombier' 2019 - Bekaa Valley - Lebanon
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 Noir, 15% Syrah and 15% Tempranillo