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2004 Chateau Lazaridi „Magic Mountain“ Sauvignon Blanc, Makedonia

Chateau Lazaridi is located in Drama, a region in the Northern Greek part Makedonia where winemaking exists for some 5000 years. Nevertheless the brothers Nikos and Kostas Lazaridis have built in the late 1980’s a winery which stands for the renewal of winemaking in the Drama area; The Turkish occupation in the 19th century, the Balkan wars, Phyloxera and the second world war have nearly ruled out winemaking of this traditional region until then.
Today, Chateau Lazaridi is one of the most famous wineries in Greece and its omnipresence in supermarkets reminds the industrial character of some Californian producers. This Omnipresence however shouldn’t make one sceptical. Most of the wines are setting new standards in Greek winemaking and help erasing Greece’s image of a Retsina-producer for pitiful tourists.
Lazaridis has planted a big number of international and indigenous varietals such as Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Limnio (all reds) and Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Ugni Blanc and Roditis (whites of course). Thereby he tries to target more the international taste, but without omitting a certain Greek personality, or let’s better call it Greek Terroir.
In fact, Greece has numerous different Terroir’s due to various changes of topography from North to South and from East to West. Drama has a more continental climate with dry winters and cool summers. Its topography is more alpine than Mediterranean which distincts it clearly from other greek territories. It is no surprise then, that the wine we tried is named “Magic Mountain White”. It is a 100% Sauvignon Blanc wine with grapes grown at 200 metres altitude on a clay-based soil. When poured in a glass it has a bright yellow-golden colour. The nose is nice and flowery with distinct wooden undertones coming from the use of new oak barrels. The first impression on the palate is a very dry, classic style reminding some Bordeaux whites. Again, wood is one of the more clear flavours but it also has a zesty citrus note. As well it exhibits a fresh acidity but which is well balanced by the wood. Both acidity and wood together give a creamy honey like impression (without being sweet, more the generous “feel” of honey).
In one sentence: This Magic Moubtain is a solid white wine, more reminding classic dry winemaking style, although the intense wood has a more international connotation.
As for the food pairing, I guess it should go well with all spicy Asian dishes due to its zesty personality, but of course also with all spiced fish and seafood dishes.

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  1. felixako Said,

    I wish i had such wines in Malaysia. I bet daddy didnt like it, hu? Not the type of Sauvignon Blancs he appreciates…

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