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Saturday, 31 January 2015

A Greek Odyssey in the Supermarket; Chapter 1 - M&S

Two Greek wines from Marks and Spencer, recommended by Elizabeth Kelly

Greek wines are not mainstream - they are both ancient and modern. But they need not be especially difficult to find; these two classy and distinctive Greek wines are from Marks & Spencer.

atlantis 2013, Cyclades

A classic Assyrtiko from the Argyros estate on the volcanic island of Santorini; hermetically sealed under screwcap, it benefits from extensive aeration.
Sandy yellow, aromatic, slightly pungent lime blossom, citrus and notes of spice; refreshingly zesty, tangy and mineral with old-vine concentration.
Pure and precise, very long. Good.
A versatile food wine, match with strongly-flavoured starters, such as garlic prawns, griddled vegetables or bread and oil with cured meats.

Thymiopoulos Xinomavro, Naoussa, 2012
Prone to being challenging in its youth, this Xinomavro is ripe, fresh and firm. Pale ruby red, with ripe, red-berry fruit, red plums, mushrooms and a hint of spice; firm but supple tannins.

It benefits from some aeration to show its best - plump, intense and elegant. Good.

Match with Burgundian food - ham terrine, pheasant or duck.

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