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Wot no Assyrtiko?


I also have a couple of bottles of this that I picked up from costco.

I bought them after having had (and thoroughly enjoyed) a glass of it with dinner at J Sheekey, it was £78 a bottle on the wine list there).


HOW MUCH ?! :see_no_evil::see_no_evil::see_no_evil:! That’s some markup .


That’s why I only had a glass! Actually, I was driving so that also helped keep me in check.

The mark up is hefty! I think about 4.5 times retail price.

Restaurant wine list mark up

ECONOMOU… these wines are pretty cultish. Theatre of Wine now only have the two whites. World-class wines, in any case, though not to all tastes, and like hen’s teeth.

There is a fair bit of Assyrtiko (possibly my very favourite white grape) grown elsewhere in Greece - Economou make one in Crete, as do Lyrarakis (another recommended producer, though far more mainstream - and a lot cheaper!), and many others from N Greece do too. Of course they don’t have that volcanic minerality, but still interesting and enjoyable wines.

I would now put Greece in my top five countries for vinous interest, esp for whites.


Two wonderful examples of Assyrtiko from the pricier end of the range:

My white wine of last year, from the island of Tinos (not far from Santorini)

… and of recent Decanter fame, waiting in my reserves


Anyone tried the Thymiopoulos version in M&S? It’s reduced by 1/3 in the current promotion so worth a try at £6ish if not likely to be at the level of other labels refered to in the posts above. The Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes has just been named as the Jancis Robinson WoTW so if you fancy some get your skates on as Jancis has quoted the Society as the price leader on this!

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The M&S supermarket Assyrtiko and Xinomavro are both OK and well worth picking up at 1/3 off. I only tend to buy M&S stuff when they do these sporadic clearance sales.


My god! Serendipity! Just came home from a quick shop to M&S with this bottle under my arm :smiley:
Looking forward to trying it. And the fact that it is a Malagouzia/Assyrtiko blend makes it even more interesting.


Are you sure about this? Where? Bricks and mortar store only perhaps?

Online I could not see this wine in their 1/3-off promotion. But I do find M&S wine website difficult to understand, so you could well be correct.

The only place I could find it on offer was in their “Food Hall” - apparently a different online shop entirely to where the sale exists. And in a different area I found it available by the half-case, but out of stock - has been for at least the last week or so.

BTW, the M&S wine is priced to be about the same as the Jeunes Vignes, but I was assure by someone (at TWS I think) that it is not the same wine.


I share your frustration! It’s very similar to the Waitrose main ‘groceries’ website, as opposed to their Cellar on-line shop, which more often than not has really interesting wines which you just can’t find in the real shop. A few times I just ended up ordering on-line.

With M&S, as I live fairly close to one - I just pop in when I fancy a look, and if there’s a sale on, I just go for whatever takes my fancy. Don’t think I ever planned this in advance - as you say, the info on the website isn’t always up-to-date or accurate.


All I could find was one called Atlantis at £12. https://www.marksandspencer.com/atlantis-santorini-case-of-6/p/p60033188


Here is it:

It’s a blend of Malagousia and Assyrtiko.


Ah, I thought he was talking about Assyrtiko.

That website suggests that the Thymiopoulos Malagousia is 100% Malagousia

But Thymiopoulos is all the rage right now in the trendy 1 * restaurants of Shoreditch!


Hi. Yes it was in a physical store and definitely an assyrtiko


I think the 1/3 discounting happens store to store, when they are making room for more wine. At least that’s my impression.


The other one to catch my eye was a château ksara Red blend with a 1/3 off it’s usual price of around a tenner. And some darting estate Riesling TBA


Hmm. Sounds interesting. I l.ike both these grapes (assyrtiko a lot), but can’t see them together somehow.


Picked this up today on DelHaize in Belgium :belgium:! Will be coming home with me on Sunday, will report back :wink:!


Ah, that’s the winery that overlooks the main port. I’ll be interested to hear how it is.


Think I only paid about €10 for it :wink:!