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Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2020

Red Wine from Greece
4.100000000 star rating 10 Reviews
Pure, bright and juicy xinomavro bursting with red fruits, sundried tomato and herbaceous undertones. The 2020 of this ever-popular Greek red is supple and juicy and a welcome introduction to the highly rated xinomavro grape. Best served lightly chilled.
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Code: GR2251

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Xinomavro
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, diam
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Apostolos Thymiopoulos is the godfather of the xinomavro grape, the most famous grape variety of Greece's northerly Naoussa region, and this is his Jeunes Vignes, his unoaked example, which really is all about the purity and freshness of this fantastic grape variety, which is often compared to pinot noir, thanks to its aromas of cherry, strawberry and sun-dried tomatoes, which is so unique.

It's delicious drunk young, lightly chilled and is ideal with tomato dishes where it really shines.

Apostolos Thymiopoulos

Apostolos Thymiopoulos, the current head of operations at the family winery, is described by many as the young star of Greek wine. The family has been growing grapes for generations, but it was Apostolos’ father that first began to do so commercially: he grew grapes to sell to local wineries, and took the task of cultivating good-quality grapes very seriously indeed.

His passion obviously rubbed off onto his son, who went on to study oenology in Athens. It was during his studies that he and the family began seriously experimenting with the xinomavro grape. They had been growing it for some years, but now they wanted to bring this indigenous northern Greek variety to the rest of the world in a new, modern, high-quality form. Apostolos released his first wine – the 2003 vintage – in 2005. Named Ghi Kai Uranos (‘earth and sky’), it possessed qualities similar to that of modern Barolo, with powerful, concentrated ripe fruit, excellent acidity and good ageing potential.

Xinomavro actually means ‘sour black’ (it has also been translated as ‘black of Naoussa’) and this gives a good description of its key characteristics: a dark colour and high acidity. Its healthy tannins means it is likely we will enjoy watching some of the earlier wines evolve for many years to come. Another of xinomavro’s key characteristics is a remarkable ability to reflect the land in which it is grown, so the vineyards are of course key to its character. It isn’t grown with any particular success anywhere...
Apostolos Thymiopoulos, the current head of operations at the family winery, is described by many as the young star of Greek wine. The family has been growing grapes for generations, but it was Apostolos’ father that first began to do so commercially: he grew grapes to sell to local wineries, and took the task of cultivating good-quality grapes very seriously indeed.

His passion obviously rubbed off onto his son, who went on to study oenology in Athens. It was during his studies that he and the family began seriously experimenting with the xinomavro grape. They had been growing it for some years, but now they wanted to bring this indigenous northern Greek variety to the rest of the world in a new, modern, high-quality form. Apostolos released his first wine – the 2003 vintage – in 2005. Named Ghi Kai Uranos (‘earth and sky’), it possessed qualities similar to that of modern Barolo, with powerful, concentrated ripe fruit, excellent acidity and good ageing potential.

Xinomavro actually means ‘sour black’ (it has also been translated as ‘black of Naoussa’) and this gives a good description of its key characteristics: a dark colour and high acidity. Its healthy tannins means it is likely we will enjoy watching some of the earlier wines evolve for many years to come. Another of xinomavro’s key characteristics is a remarkable ability to reflect the land in which it is grown, so the vineyards are of course key to its character. It isn’t grown with any particular success anywhere outside of Naoussa, which is possibly why Apostolos and his family now dedicate their production to this one variety in an attempt to champion this underrated region.

Over the years, they have converted to biodynamic viticulture, and Apostolos lets the vineyards’ character shine through by not interfering with nature too much. For instance, he does not prune the vines so they can find their own balance, and he is careful not to over-irrigate as it can lead to unpleasantly dominant tannins. Various pests are an issue – in particular, wild boar from the surrounding woods have a very sweet tooth – but Apostolos uses nature to counteract them. For instance, to counteract a plague of locusts in 2012, he released fifty guinea fowl into the vineyards who quickly devoured the problem!

The vineyards’ stony, chalky, green slate and red marble soils come in a beautiful mosaic of different colours, and Thymiopoulos’ vineyards have the added bonus of being up to 50 years old, with established root systems and excellent drainage.

In his small winery in Trilofos, the winemaking process is very gentle so as to retain the wines’ fruit character. Apostolos is also beginning to make white wine using the magalousia grape at a friend’s winery in central Greece.
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JancisRobinson.com

Transparent ruby. Really interesting, distinctive, sweet ‘ashy’ nose with great balance and something floral too. Dusty finish that is far from unpleasant. Concrete effect on the grainy texture. This wine ...
Transparent ruby. Really interesting, distinctive, sweet ‘ashy’ nose with great balance and something floral too. Dusty finish that is far from unpleasant. Concrete effect on the grainy texture. This wine is really lively with minimal tannic effect at this stage. This would be a great teaching aid for the grape variety. Very good value. 16.5/20
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Jancis Robinson

wine-pages.com

From Naoussa, this is Thymiopoulos's introduction to xinomavro, with 25% whole bunch fermentation and eight months ageing in concrete and stainless steel. Juicy and uncomplicated, there's a little...
From Naoussa, this is Thymiopoulos's introduction to xinomavro, with 25% whole bunch fermentation and eight months ageing in concrete and stainless steel. Juicy and uncomplicated, there's a little tapenade and fresh black berry fruits. Light in colour and in texture, the palate is soft, sweet, the tannins liquoricy but gentle, and the whole picture bright as a summery button. No blockbuster, but that's rather the point. Serve lightly chilled a la Beaujolais. 89/100
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Tom Cannavan

Sunday Express

Quite pallid in colour, this is a lighter red that's bright and juicy, with some cherry, raspberry, tomato and pepper notes. A perfect spring red that's best served slightly chilled.

Jamie Goode

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