Rapsani: Wine from the home of the gods

Rapsani: Wine from the home of the gods

Presumably, the Greek gods could have chosen to live in any wine region, yet they picked Rapsani high up Mount Olympus. Is that worth more than 100 points from Robert Parker? This is a wild frontier in Greek winemaking. As well as an unbeatable address on Zeus's doorstep, it has 800m of elevation, vineyards up to a century old, and the best red grape variety in Greece (Xinomavro). But it is only just coming to the attention of the outside world.

It's no surprise to find the tireless Apostolos Thymiopoulos up here. His wines from further north (Naoussa), are benchmarks, and this Rapsani is another another classic in the making. Pound for pound, it is probably my favourite of all his wines. A blend of 50% Xinomavro, 35% Krassato and 15% Stavroto, it is medium-bodied, slightly smoky, with ripe red fruit. It is slightly softer and more rounded than his other reds, but for me it is subtler and even more elegant.

The 2018 vintage is arriving next week. Drink or keep - it is utterly delicious, and one of Greece's best value fine wines.

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