Massaya 'Cap Est', Ghosn, Brunier & Hebrard, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2017

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Massaya 'Cap Est', Ghosn, Brunier & Hebrard, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon 2017

All the Massaya wines are served in brilliant restaurants around London (Andrew Edmunds, Moro, Alain Ducasses &. Moro, to name a few). Second Massaya has a proper dollop of class and elegance - the wine is made in partnership between the Ghosn brothers in Bekaa Valley and Frederic and Daniel Brunier from Vieux Télégraphe and Dominique Hebrard, formerly from Chateau Cheval Blanc.

The 'story' is so fantastic - this wine is made in the highest altitude wine region of Europe (1000m) in the Bekaa Valley. A stone's throw away is the famous Temple of Bacchus, where the Phoenicians were making wine two millennia ago. 

For the 'Cap Est', the grapes are grown on the hillsides of the north-easterly portion of the Beqaa Valley at an altitude of 1,200 metres, in the Ras Baalbeck area. An arid and continental environment, where Mount Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon mountain ranges meet. Grapes are hand-picked, conveyed in crates, and sorted on tables. They are fully de-stemmed, then vinified for at least 30 days in temperature controlled oak vats. The Cap Est is aged for 22 months in oak vats and then bottled without fining or filtering.

It is produced from Grenache Noir and Mourvèdre.

Top of the Massaya range, the 'Cap Est' represents incredible value at well under £40 a bottle.