Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes

Oddbins tasting


2011 Domaine Thymiopoulos, Jeunes Vignes de Xinomavro, Naoussa

£12.50, 13.5%, Oddbins

Xinomvaro can be pretty toothsome stuff, even when the vines are young. But this combines the Nebbiolo-like tannnins and dryness with some sweet, supple red fruits. The overall effect is vey tasty indeed, with hints of rose petal, raspberry and wild strawberry set against a background of savoury, spicy tannins. Delicious at the price.





2009 Verget Saint Véran Grand Elevage, Mâconnais, Burgundy

£17, 13%, Oddbins

White Burgundies from the 2009 vintage don't lack opulence, but the best ones have freshness and bite, too. This is certainly on the ripe and honeyed side, but it has enough freshness for balance, with notes of vanilla and nutmeg spice, pear and citrus fruit and an appealingly honeyed texture. 





2010 Paololeo, Fiore di Vigna Primitivo, Salentino, Puglia

£13, 14.5%, Oddbins

Essence of Primitivo (aka Zinfandel) from the Salento Peninsula, this is rich, ripe and textured, but carries its 14.5% alcohol with ease. The focus here is on fruit rather than oak: plummy, spicy and sweet, with tobacco and Asian spices and enough acidity for balance. Needs robust food to show at its best.





2012 Thymiopoulos Winery, Atma Malagouzia/Roditis , Central Greece

£10, 12%, Oddbins

Greek white varieties deserve to be better appreciated, partly because theu retain acidity and pefume in a warm climate. This is a case in point: aromatic, lime-scented and surprisingly light, with good, sappy acidity and undertones of summer flowers.





2011 Cillar de Silos, Joven de Silos, Ribera del Duero

£10.50, 14.5%, Oddbins

The young red from Cillar de Silos is still a pretty substantial wine, with masses of juicy, plummy, brambly fruit, notes of violet and raspberry on the nose and a backbone of tannin. Bring me a leg of lamb!





2011 Mas Las Cabes, Jean Gardiés, Côtes du Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon

£9.50, 13.5%, Oddbins

Jean Gardiés is one of the leading names in the Roussillon, making balanced, herbal reds that have a true sense of place. Violets, thyme and rosemary combine appealingly here on the nose, backed up by flavours of raspberry and mulberry, medium weights tannins and a long finish.





2011 François Lurton, Janeil, Gros Manseng & Sauvignon, Côtes de Gascogne

£7.25, 12.5%, Oddbins

The sort of wine that has made Gascony one of the best value-for-money white wine regions in France, this is a comparativley unusual blend of Sauvignon and Gros Manseng, a grape more often found in Jurançon. It's tangy, refreshing and crisp, with peach, apricot and grapefruit flavours and a zesty finish.





2012 Château de la Roulerie, Les Grandes Bosses, Anjou, Loire Valley

£9, 13%, Oddbins

Possibly a little closed at the moment, but this dry Loire Chenin Blanc hints at good things to come in the glass. Tangy, taut and crisp, with pure green apple fruit, lovely focus and a minerally backdrop. Time should confer more weight and some honeyed, bottle-developed characters. 





2012 Semeli Wines, Feast, Moschofilero, Peloponnese

£8.50, 12%, Oddbins

It's a pleasure to be recommending a bottle from Oddbins as my wine of the week once more! And what better way to start than something from Greece, long an Oddbins speciality? This is a musky, perfumed, dry white with hints of pear and rosepetal, crunchy acidity and a tangy, seafoood-friendly finish. A great introdcution to an indigenous grape variety.