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  • Massaya Rosé 2015, Béqaa Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Massaya Rosé 2015, Béqaa Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    RS05

     

    Massaya, “Twilight”, is the brainchild of two dynamic Lebanese brothers who have harnessed the potential of their fabulous terroir to the know-how of two French wine-making dynasties – Hebrard (Bordeaux) and Brunier (Rhône).

     

    Since Biblical times Lebanon has been acclaimed for its prized Bekaa wines. Today, this bijou winery, with its clay-limestone vineyards, nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean, produce a range of unique wines that captures the spirit of the Levant. 

     

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

     

    A beautifully elegant dry rosé that has a real feel of Provence about it. Dry, light and with great finesse.

     

     

    £13.98

  • Massaya “Le Colombier” 2015, Béqaa Valley, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Massaya “Le Colombier” 2015, Béqaa Valley, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    LEB01

    Massaya, “Twilight”, is the brainchild of two dynamic Lebanese brothers who have harnessed the potential of their fabulous terroir to the know-how of two French wine-making dynasties.

     

    Ramzi & Sami Ghosn, Daniel & Frédéric Brunier (Vieux Télégraphe) and Dominique Hébrard (ex Cheval Blanc). This is a partnership between two courageous brothers Ramzi and Sami Ghosn of the Lebanon, and two far-sighted French families.

     

    Massaya celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2008 and it is extraordinary to see what they have achieved. The wines are very good indeed and each vintage just gets better and better!

    Ramzi has now settled down as the wine maker. Circumstances during the war of 2006 made it impossible for their French partners to help him so Ramzi and Sami had to learn fast and do it all themselves. These are now fantastic wines and Sami and Ramzi deserve all our support.

     

    The vineyards for this ripe and juicy red are situated between 900 metres and 1,200 metres. A blend of 35% Cinsault, 35% Grenache Noir, 15% Syrah and 15% Tempranillo.

     

    Fresh and very approachable this is a wine  for everyday drinking. The nose is full of warm spice and red fruits with the palate full and rounded, juicy with lovely ripe fruit, spice and hints of pepper. Drink when young to fully enjoy its fruit.

    £14.58

  • Massaya Blanc 2016, Béqaa Valley, 13% vol, 75cl

    Massaya Blanc 2016, Béqaa Valley, 13% vol, 75cl

    LEB06

    Massaya, “Twilight”, is the brainchild of two dynamic Lebanese brothers who have harnessed the potential of their fabulous terroir to the know-how of two French wine-making dynasties.

     

    Ramzi & Sami Ghosn, Daniel & Frédéric Brunier (Vieux Télégraphe) and Dominique Hébrard (ex Cheval Blanc). This is a partnership between two courageous brothers Ramzi and Sami Ghosn of the Lebanon, and two far-sighted French families.

     

    Massaya celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2008 and it is extraordinary to see what they have achieved. The wines are very good indeed and each vintage just gets better and better!


    Ramzi has now settled down as the wine maker. Circumstances during the war of 2006 made it impossible for their French partners to help him so Ramzi and Sami had to learn fast and do it all themselves. These are now fantastic wines and Sami and Ramzi deserve all our support.

     

    Massaya Blanc is a complex blend of 35% Obeidi, 35% Clairette, 15% Chardonnay and 15% Sauvignon Blanc grapes from vineyards in the foothills of the Mount Lebanon mountain range, at 1,200-1,600 metres above sea level. The vines are an average age of 20 years.

     

    Vinification and subsequent lees maturation for 8 months is in 3,000 litre foudres.

     

    Dry and rounded, the wine is characterised by lots of ripe fruit and elegant freshness.

    £18.30

  • Massaya “Terrasses de Baalbeck” 2012, Béqaa Valley, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Massaya “Terrasses de Baalbeck” 2012, Béqaa Valley, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    LEB03

    Massaya, “Twilight”, is the brainchild of two dynamic Lebanese brothers who have harnessed the potential of their fabulous terroir to the know-how of two French wine-making dynasties.

     

    Ramzi & Sami Ghosn, Daniel & Frédéric Brunier (Vieux Télégraphe) and Dominique Hébrard (ex Cheval Blanc). This is a partnership between two courageous brothers Ramzi and Sami Ghosn of the Lebanon, and two far-sighted French families.

     

    Massaya celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2008 and it is extraordinary to see what they have achieved. The wines are very good indeed and each vintage just gets better and better!


    Ramzi has now settled down as the wine maker. Circumstances during the war of 2006 made it impossible for their French partners to help him so Ramzi and Sami had to learn fast and do it all themselves. These are now fantastic wines and Sami and Ramzi deserve all our support.

     

    “Terrasses de Baalbeck” is the new incarnation of the old Massaya “Silver”. It has a different grape variety blend – 55% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah. Aged for 18 months in French oak.

     

    Full bodied and ripe the wine has finesse and elegant freshness.

    £20.88

  • Château Musar 2004, Bekaa Valley, 14% vol, 75cl

    Château Musar 2004, Bekaa Valley, 14% vol, 75cl

    MUS7

    Chateau Musar was the first producer in Lebanon to achieve organic certification for its vineyards. Most are located in the Bekaa Valley, cradled between two mountain ranges running parallel to Lebanon’s Mediterranean coastline. Vines have been cultivated here for at least 6,000 years: the Phoenicians (seafaring ancestors of the modern Lebanese) were instrumental in bringing vines and wines to all of the areas around the Mediterranean.

     

    Flanked by snow-covered mountains, and nestled at 1000m above sea level, the  beautiful Bekaa Valley is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, fresh mountain breezes and an average temperature of 25°C (the weather ranges from snowy winters to hot summers). Remote and unspoilt, the Musar vineyards were ‘organic’ by default before the term was coined.

     

    In the winery, ambient yeasts do the work of fermentation. The bare minimum of sulphur is used and the Chateau Musar wines are neither fined nor filtered.

     

    Chateau Musar Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Cinsault from vineyards near the Bekaa Valley villages of Aana and Kefraya.

     

    Each variety undergoes a lengthy fermentation in cement vats at temperatures below 30°C after which the wine is transferred into French barrels (Nevers) for one year. After blending the wine is aged in vats for another 12 months  before bottling.  After 4 years’ bottle maturation in the deep stone cellars of Chateau Musar, the finished wines are released a full seven years after the harvest.

     

     

    The 2004 has a deep burgundy colour with a nose of mature fruits, plums, cherries, figs, cinnamon and cloves. The aromas follow through to a palate full of rich black and red fruits – plums and damsons dominate with cherries and Christmas spices. An intensely concentrated, powerful vintage with fine smooth tannins and a spicy, warming finish.

     

    £29.34

  • Massaya “Cap Est” 2013, Béqaa Valley, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Massaya “Cap Est” 2013, Béqaa Valley, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    LEB02

    Massaya, “Twilight”, is the brainchild of two dynamic Lebanese brothers who have harnessed the potential of their fabulous terroir to the know-how of two French wine-making dynasties.

     

    Ramzi & Sami Ghosn, Daniel & Frédéric Brunier (Vieux Télégraphe) and Dominique Hébrard (ex Cheval Blanc). This is a partnership between two courageous brothers Ramzi and Sami Ghosn of the Lebanon, and two far-sighted French families.

     

    Massaya celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2008 and it is extraordinary to see what they have achieved. The wines are very good indeed and each vintage just gets better and better!


    Ramzi has now settled down as the wine maker. Circumstances during the war of 2006 made it impossible for their French partners to help him so Ramzi and Sami had to learn fast and do it all themselves. These are now fantastic wines and Sami and Ramzi deserve all our support.

     

    Grapes for “Cap Est” come from a 7 hectare chalky site on the hillsides in the most north-easterly portion of the Beqaa Valley at an altitude of 1,200m, in the Ras Baalbeck area. It is an arid and continental environment, where Mount Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon Mountains meet.

     

    50% Grenache and 50% Mourvèdre. The grapes are hand-picked, and carefully sorted and de-stemmed at Massaya’s Tanaïl winery. The wine is vinified for at least 30 days in temperature-controlled oak vats after which it is matured in oak foudres for 22 months and then bottle without filtration after two years.

     

    (A foudre is a large barrel holding in the order of 1000 litres that tends to impart a much more restrained and subtle oak flavour to the wine.)

     

    Pale ruby in colour, with a nose that subtly blends violets and very ripe red berry fruits. On the palate, its velvety elegance overlays an attractive core of fine tannins, highlighting the minerality of the terroir.

    £33.30

  • Arak “El Massaya”, Beka’a Valley, Lebanon, 53% vol, 50cl

    Arak “El Massaya”, Beka’a Valley, Lebanon, 53% vol, 50cl

    MS09

    El Massaya means twilight and the sky in the Beka’a valley at dusk is the colour of this distinctive blue bottle.

     

    El Massaya Arak is an exceptional Lebanese spirit, produced with the finest ingredients using traditional methods.

     

    Indigenous Obeidi grapes are fermented for about two weeks, then double distilled in traditional Moorish lid copper stills over vinewood embers. On the third distillation, the spirit is macerated with organic green aniseed from the  slopes of Mount Hermon, which imparts a distinctive aroma and flavour.

     

    Finally, the spirit is aged in traditional clay amphorae for two years, lending a subtle colour and a notable maturity.

     

    Serve El Massaya Arak with two parts cold water.

    £33.60