What could be more appropriate for this time of year than a new release of a wine entering its autumn years from our old favourire, Chateau Pegasus? Xinomavro, Greece's best red grape, is always said to be Barolo-like, both in flavour and ageing potential. But old bottles are very rare, and opportunities to experience a mature example from a top producer do not come along often.
Chateau Pegasus (now known as Markovitis Winery) sits just outside the town of Naoussa, the home of Xinomavro. Beneath the winery is a vast cellar extending down several storeys, each piled high with vintages dating back decades. It is a treasure trove unrivalled in Greece. The 1999 vintage has been a bestseller of ours for the last couple of years, but apart from a handful of bottles (for the moment still available to buy here) it has finally sold through.
This time, Marcos Markovitis has delved even further into the archives, back to 1997. Like the 1999 it has been lying in his cellar since it was bottled more than twenty years ago.
If you liked the 1999, you will also like this. If you're yet to try it then know that you have to like your old wine to enjoy it. Kept in perfect conditions, it has become pale, delicate and graceful entering old age. It's a lovely relic, and excellent value for such a rarity.