Massaya 'Le Colombier', Ghosn, Brunier & Hebrard, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2019

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Massaya 'Le Colombier', Ghosn, Brunier & Hebrard, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon 2019

This was 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.  'Le Colombier' is Massaya's entry level red wine is uncomplicated, approachable, smooth and versatile. The blend is 35% Cinsault, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Tempranillo, with the Tempranillo giving the wine warmth and an almost seductive, moreish quality.  The wine is named after the dove cote on the Tanail property, where the doves return to nest each year.

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