One does not need to troll through MacArthur’s dump bins for good bargains! They can be found on the shelves as well. In this case the Massaya is $11 and the Clotte-Fontane is $12. I think this is a difficult price point to find interesting, well made wines. Stock up on these two bottles so you can drink them outside.
The Massaya Classic is a blend of 60% Cinsault, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Syrah. The vines are 15 years old and grown at an altitude of 900-1200 meters. The soils are mostly clay and limestone. The wine is vinified in temperature controlled stainless steeel then aged for eight months in concrete vats.
The Clotte-Fontaine, Cuvee Mathierou is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. The grapes are hand-picked and sorted. They are vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel then aged for twelve months in new barrels.
2007 Massaya, Classic, Bekaa Valley
This gives off a very light nose of dark red fruit. In the mouth there is rich, minerally, ripe fruit in a medium frame. There are lightly spiced flavors in the finish and aftertaste. There are chunky tannins. After two to three hours of air it develops long, pervasive flavors. It is a lovely wine, clean and modern in style, but it is of great interest and value. *** Now-2017.
2009 Chateau la Clotte-Fontane, Cuvee Mathierou, Languedoc-Roussillon
There is a light+ nose of blue fruit. There are stronger blue fruit flavors in the mouth, somewhat savory, with cool, herbed notes. With air it develops a round mouthfeel. There are minimal tannins and dark fruit in the aftertaste. It is quite nice to drink. This wine is more compact and less expressive than the Massaya. On the second day the fruit starts to recede, the tannins are more evident but it holds together well. **(*) 2014-2017.