I’m a true ambassador for the Middle East. I would so love to see more wines being produced one day from the regions where I guess it could be embraced. One thing is for sure, the terroirs and climates are wholly suitable. Naturally of course priorities in the region do not manifest in growing grapes. Lebanon however for me have just been getting better and better over the years and this year in particular there seems to be more awareness and penetration. I was delighted to stumble on this particular wine in Marks and Spencer and snapped up a bottle at a very reasonable £10. The 2012 Clos St Alphonse is a wonderful example of a well rounded and really beautiful wine. All three grape varieties really shine through in equal measures, the silkiness of the Syrah, the warmth of the Cabernet Sauvignon and clay undertones of the Cabernet Franc. These grapes one can imagine being the best of friends as they gel wonderfully together. In all honesty this is going to be my midweek quaff from now on as it hits all my delighting criteria and très reasonable. Mabrook!