Massaya tasting Part 1: The Classics

 

Name: Massaya

Location: Tanail, Bekaa Valley

Established: 1998

Date: February 19, 2012

Tasted at: Sodeco, Beirut

Founded in 1998, Massaya’s arrival on the Lebanese wine scene dovetailed nicely with the first genuine stirrings of post-war optimism. The winery is a Franco Lebanese partnership forged between the Lebanese Ghosn brothers, the Brunier brothers of Domaine Le Vieux Telegraph and Dominique Hebrard, formerly of Chateau Cheval Blanc.

Massaya co-0wner, Ramzi Ghosn

The Classic is Massaya’s entry level range.


Rosé

Grapes: Cinsault 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30% and Syrah 30%

Alc:13.5%

2011: Pale, “onion” hue. The nose is that of roadside fruits – berries and brambles – with apples. In the mouth, there is real zest, backed up by more forest fruits. The finish has hints of black pepper.

2010: Pale pink hue. The nose is characterized by berry fruits. In the mouth, the wine is textured and full still possessing decent acidity. The finish is mineral and sustained.

 

White

Grapes: Obeideh 35%, Clairette 35%, Sauvignon Blanc 15% and Chardonnay 15%

Alc: 13.5%

2010: Pale gold hue. Floral notes on the nose. Zestful in the mouth with apple and savory notes. Finish is fresh with burst of citrus and mild notes of pepper.

2011: Pale gold hue. Nose was shy when opened. However there was freshness on the front palate, leading to excellent balance and structure in the mid palate. The finish is crisp and sustained with notes of citrus.

Red

Grapes: Cinsault 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20% and Syrah 20%

Alc: 15%

2009: Mid purple hue. Savory nose with hints of cherries, blackberries and spice. In the mouth one experiences the full aromatic and spicy  majesty of the Cinsault, underpinned with ripe cherries,  licorice and hints of prunes and yet, despite the whopping 15% alcohol, there a freshness to the finish.

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