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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.