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Château-Kefraya Comte de M 2010

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The quintessence of the oldest vines of Château Kefraya, this wine derives from a skilful blend of Cabernet-Sauvignon, Syrah, and Mourvédre, aged in French oak barrels. It is already considered the greatest vintage wine of Lebanon. In color, deep and intense purple red, Comte de M 2006 expresses a complex bouquet mingling cedar, havana and the aroma of black fruits (blackberry, blackcurrant, redcurrant). Rich, dense, voluminous, concentrated, it develops in amplitude in the mouth and ends with the tang of vigorous and fine tannins.
Category Red Wine
Country Lebanon
Brand Château-Kefraya
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • wa92

Wine AdvocateThe 2010 Comte de M is a 70-30 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, aged in new French oak for 18 months. It came in at 14% alcohol. The Cabernet vines were planted here in 1995 and the Syrah in 2002. Early in this wine's life, the first impression is predictably oak and more oak. The sweet vanilla coats the whole fairly prominently on opening. That said, have a little patience. Underneath is a beautifully constructed wine that seems also to project some steel and fine fruit. It has a "lifted" demeanor ultimately. Graceful in the mid-palate, it is tightly wound with moderate astringency at the moment which should serve it in good stead as it ages. Although I did not have them side-by-side, this seems to project a bit more elegance and crispness than the 2009, but not quite the richness, all relatively speaking, of course. This beauty is unevolved, but it is hard not to lean up on this, granting that it does need to pull in that oak. It should do that easily enough in time. A couple of hours later it was still evolving, showing its controlled power and fine focus. Another nice thing here is the relatively reasonable price. Kefraya is providing high quality wines for reasonable money. Unless you object to spending less, take a look. It is a bit raw and needs to settle down. There were 44,000 bottles produced. Drink 2015-2025.

Mark Squires, June 2014