Massaya tasting Pt.2: Selection 07, 08

Name: Massaya

Location: Tanail, Bekaa Valley

Established: 1998

Date: February 20, 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.

Silver Selection

At home in Beirut

Grapes: Grenache Noir 40%, Cinsault 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15% and Mourvedre 15%

Alc:14.5%

2008: Purple hue. Signature Cabernet nose of bell peppers. In the mouth there is both intensity and freshness with forward fruit, mainly blackcurrants and cassis. Good tannic structure. The finish is mineral and sustained with a reappearance of the peppers. One of Lebanon’s most thoughtful blends and arguably, pound for pound, one of the finest Lebanese wines on the market.

2007: Purple hue. Pleasant animal nose with hints of plum. Again, the taste in the mouth is defined by freshness with more notes of ripe fruits. The Cinsault really comes alive in the mouth and leads nicely to a fresh raspberry finish.

 

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