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Domaine Skouras Megas Oenos 2010

Domaine Skouras - Peloponnese - Greece - Nemea

Professional Wine Reviews for Domaine Skouras Megas Oenos 2010

Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2010 Megas Oenos is the typical blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and old vines Agiorgitiko (80%). There was one notable change here, though: less oak impact. It was aged in French oak for 18 months (50% new, the rest second use). Completely undeveloped, it nonetheless seems like a perfectly constructed Megas Oenos, tight at the moment, but certain to evolve well; a bit too oaky just now, but likely to pull itself together perfectly; elegant, but subtly concentrated. It is an impressive performance that might eventually make it 'best in show', although it is a lot easier to give that nod to the more... read more... Additional information »
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Winery: Domaine Skouras

Vintage: 2010

2010 saw extremely high quality viticulture in many parts of the world, with an exceptionally long and hot summer providing huge benefits for wineries across many countries, especially in the southern hemisphere. The northern hemisphere and Europe saw something of a cooler summer and flowering period, but this was by no means as disastrous as it could have been. France, especially, had a fantastic year in 2010, with the world renowned Burgundy region proclaiming that their white wines of this year are ones to look out for, and despite yields being relatively small across much of the country, the quality was exceptionally high. Spain, too, received some cooler weather, but Rioja and the rest of central Spain are hailing 2010 as a very good year indeed, again as a result of smaller, finer yields. California also received similar climatic conditions, but again, wineries are highly positive about the overall effect this had on their produce, as the slightly challenging conditions resulted in smaller yields of much elegance and distinction. 2010 was really Australia's year, and in South Australia and across the Mornington Peninsula, Chardonnay vines produced good yields with a lower sugar level than in previous years. As such, the majority of South Australian white wines from 2010 are superb, and packed full of character. Shiraz also had a great year, and most Australian wineries have been proclaiming 2010 one of the great vintages. Both the Argentinian and Chilean wine industries benefited from some ideal climatic conditions this year, and are reportedly ecstatically pleased with the fact that their 2010 wines ended up with lower alcohol levels, and were beautifully balanced wines packed full of flavor.

Varietal: Agiorgitiko

The Mourvèdre varietal grape is believed to have been brought to Spain over two thousand years ago, where it quickly became popular as it flourished in the greener regions of the country. Before long, it was being grown and processed in many different regions of France, and today it is grown in several New World countries. It is often used as a blending wine, and is particularly successful when blended with Grenache and Syrah varietals. Mourvèdre wines tend to be quite tannic and high in alcohol and acidity, however, with careful handling they produce remarkably flavourful wines packed full of unique flavours and aromas. Mourvèdre wines are often described as having meaty or game notes, coupled nicely with dark berries and deep, complex earthy flavours.

Country: Greece

As one of the oldest wine producing countries in the world, Greece has millenia of experience and expertise when it comes to viticulture, and has developed a set of flavors and characteristics which are found nowhere else on earth. The ancient Greeks revered and deified wine, and were the first true innovators in the history of wine, adding everything from seawater to honey and spices in order to find exciting new taste combinations and aromas. Today, Greek wines are just as varied, although far more refined and sophisticated than their ancient counterparts. The practice of enhancing Greek wines with aromatic substances never left the country, though, as can be seen in the popular Retsina wines, which use pine resin to provide their unique taste and aroma combinations. There is far more to Greek wine than merely Retsina, however, and the vast variety on offer is a testament to the expertise of Greek wineries making the most of the wonderful climate, terrain and grape varietals they work with.
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