Domaine Skouras Megas Oenos 2004 750ml
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Domaine Skouras Megas Oenos Agiorgitiko 2004

Nemea - Peloponnese - Greece

Professional Wine Reviews for Domaine Skouras Megas Oenos Agiorgitiko 2004

Rated 90 by Robert Parker
The 2004 Megas Oenos is the first in the mini-vertical presented this issue. It is the familiar blend of mostly old vines Agiorgitiko and a chunk of Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in new French oak for 20 months. This has aged beautifully - if your tastes run to mature wines. If this elegant wine (the alcohol level is just 12.8%) doesn't make you think 'mature Bordeaux,' I'd be surprised. It is probably aging quite a bit faster than most Bordeaux, however, already showing forest floor and tertiary nuances that give it a complex and earthy feel. It is just lovely at the moment, though, with fine balance, a bright feel and reasonably well integrated tannins. There will be no exclamations about the ripe, jammy fruit, but if you like them on the well-developed side this will be one of the first wines to empty at any table. The winery says the style was like this simply because it was a cool year. If you were to tell me that Skouras upped his game after this, I couldn't really disagree, but for whatever reason there is a certain, graceful charm to this that makes it irresistible at the moment. In turn, that makes me want to lean up on it, even while acknowledging that it may be aging fairly fast. I doubt that this will improve further - and it is well worth drinking it now for safety - but it should hold for several years if well stored. Drink now-2020.
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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.