Mantinia Tselepos 2005

Do you know what a Pot Lyonnais is?  If you have been to the Beaujolais region you do.  A pot (pronounced poe) Lyonnais (lee-on-ay) is a 46cl bundle of fun in the form of a wine carafe.  Whilst dining in Fleurie once, I was told that the history of the pot was that it was considered the suitable amount for agricultural workers to drink on their lunchtime break.  Yes, I know what you are thinking.  Imagine if the same rules applied to the munitions factories!  Ka-boom!!

The French are often copied, especially when it comes to wine, and the word on the street is that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  The Greeks must love the French very much judging by the amount of pointless and deliberately misleading French language on an average bottle of Greek wine.  But apart from the French language this is no average bottle of Greek wine.

Mantinia (75cl) next to a Pot Lyonnais (46cl) and a plant…for some reason

The grapes are Moschofilero, and the wine is from Tselepos.  For all that means to me you might as well be speaking Double Dutch…or erm Greek.

The wine tasted of smooth creamy natural yoghurt with crisp red apples and some pineapple. More like a Chardonnay than a Sauvignon Blanc and quite a refined one at that.

Superb match for roast Poussin and a very gluggable wine.  It’s currently available at the Wine Society for £5.95 and The Wine Concierge at $18.

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