Massaya 'Les Terrasses de Baalbeck', Ghosn, Brunier & Hebrard, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2019

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Massaya 'Les Terrasses de Baalbeck', Ghosn, Brunier & Hebrard, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon 2019

This is Whitfield Wines' first Lebanese wine; an incredible product that does pretty much everything a Whitfield Wine needs to do.

Firstly, it is served in brilliant restaurants around London (Andrew Edmunds, Moro, Wine Library 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.

Finally, 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. 

But there is much more to this wine than these anecdotes.  The single vineyard wine is named after the steep terrasses on the side of Mount Lebanon (Hadaam Baalbeck, 1000% metre altitude) where the grapes are hand selected, and as with the style of Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe of Rhône Valley fame, is rich, juicy, damson red, gamey with soft tannins, spicy cherries and black berries on the nose and palate with a good structure of ripe tannins and a mineral core It shows real character.

It is produced from Grenache Noir, Cinsault and Mourvèdre.

Wine of charm, elegance and balance, an unusual but perfect, premium House Wine