Biblia Chora’s Fine Wines from the Slopes of Macedonia’s Mt Pangeon

In April of this year we visited Ktima Biblia Chora, established on the slopes of Mt Pangeon in Macedonia in 2001, and tasted its outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Biblia Chora was established by two of Greece’s highly respected winemakers, Vangelis Gerovassiliou and Vassilia Tasaktsarlis. Located in the Pangeon region of Macedonia, the estate is one of Greece’s finest producers of premium wine.  Our reviews of Biblia Chora’s wines are given below.

Vassilis Tasaktsarlis graduated in Chemistry at Greece’s Aristotle University in 1988 and later obtained a degree in enology from the University of Bordeaux studying under the famed Denis Dubourdieu.  Before teaming up with Vangelis Gerovassiliou to establish Biblia Chora, he was enologist and head of production at Domaine Costa Lazaridi.  Vassilis is credited with introducing New World style aromatic whites in Greece, especially Sauvignon Blanc. Vangelis Gerovassiliou graduated from Aristotle University in 1974 and obtained a degree in enology at the University of Bordeaux under the renowned Emile Peynaud.  He served as winemaker at Domaine Porto Carras and was instrumental in the revival of the Malagousia variety.  Vangelis also developed his family vineyard in Epanomi into Ktima Gerovassiliou, another of Greece’s outstanding wineries.

Today, Biblia Chora has an organic vineyard of 35 ha at the food of Mount Pageo.  The vineyard is situated at an altitude of 400m on rocky soils, and the winery is located in the middle of the vineyard. The winery’s US portfolio consists of 16 wines made of both international and indigenous varieties sourced from Crete, Nemea and elsewhere in Greece. Its wines are organized into the following labels:  Ktima, Areti, Sole, Biblinos, Plagios, Ovilos and Etos.    The Ovilos wines are this winery’s top-of-the-line cuveé.

Biblia Chora wines are exported to European countries, Canada and the US. The U.S and Canadian importer is Cava Spiliadis.

The Vineyard in front of the Winery

The Wines

Biblia Chora 2021  Ktima White PGI Pangeon 91  The Biblia Chora White is a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Assyrtiko. Green-gold in color, it displays light pungent aromas on the nose with notes of fresh grapefruit and herbs. It reveals good intensity on the palate with fresh acidity and an herbal edge to the finish.  Biblia Chora 2020 Ktima Red PGI Pangeon 92  The Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and a small amount of Agiorgitiko. It is dark-fruited and spicy with notes of sweet oak, milk chocolate, and vanilla. The tannins are firm offering good aging potential and a persistent finish. Biblia Chora 2021 Ktima Rosé  PGI Pangeon  89  Made from Syrah, the 2021 rosé displays a light salmon pink color with aromas of fresh red berries on the nose. Crisp on the attack with rose petals and light red berries showing on the palate. Good balance with the emphasis on sweet fruit.

Areti

Biblia Chora 2019 Areti White PGI Pangeon ($34) 92 The 2019 Areti White is a 100% Assyrtiko sourced from the estate’s calcareous and loamy soils in a region called Ampelia. Fermented in stainless steel, it displays a clean floral and fresh citrus nose. On the palate it displays a mineral character with medium plus acidity, good concentration and balance and a lingering finish. Biblia Chora 2019 Areti Red PGI Pangeon ($36) 92  Sourced from the Agiorgitiko grape, the Areti Red displays a ruby color and a lovely nose of fresh cherries and spice. It reveals medium acidity with firm tannins on the palate, good concentration and balance and a lingering finish. A delicious Agiorgitiko.

Biblinos

Biblia Chora 2015 Biblinos Red PGI Pangeon ($42) 90+ The Biblinos Red is produced from an unidentifiable indigenous variety that offers hints of rose water and flowers on the nose. Aged in oak for 12 months, it reveals red berry fruit flavors with ha note of chocolate caramel.  Biblia Chora 2021 Biblinos Rosé PGI Pangeon ($34) 90  The Biblinos Rosé is sourced from the same unknown grape variety as the Red. Blush pink in color, it displays a floral nose of rose petals and raspberry fruit. It is mouth filling, crisp and savory with hints of red berries and has a lingering finish.

Olivos 

Biblia Chora 2021 Olivos White PGI Pangeon ($48) 94  The Olivos White is a delicious 50/50 blend of Assyrtiko and Semillon. Fermented and aged 5 months in a mix of new and used oak. The oak adds a smoky note to the bouquet of quince, citrus, and bay leaf. Full in the mouth, it is crisp and clean with good acidity and freshness and shows outstanding balance with beautifully integrated flavors. A long finish with superb extract.  Biblia Chora 2018 Olivos Red PGI Pangeon ($68) 92  The Olivos Red is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the winery’s first vineyard block. It has an elegant New World style offering aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis and toasted oak. Aged 16 months in new French oak, it is matured for an additional 24 months in the bottle. A terrific wine.

Plagios

Biblia Chora 2021 Plagios (Sideways) White Chardonnay PGI Pangeon ($45) 91 Displaying a light yellow straw color, this Chardonnay reveals ripe orchard fruit and citrus on the nose and palate. It reveals excellent acidity and balance with a creamy texture and has a lovely finish. Matured 5 months in 50% new French oak. Well done.  Biblia Chora 2015 Plagios Red PGI Pangeon ($56) 93  The Plagios Red is a richly flavored Merlot vinified with extended maceration and aged in new French oak for 16 months. It is a lovely clean wine with pure fruit flavors and toasted oak with hints of vanilla. It is beautifully balanced, with soft round tannins and a long finish.

Sole

Biblia Chora 2017 Sole Semillon PGI Pangeon 91  This wine is a blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Gewurztraminer late harvest grapes, a percentage of which has noble rot. It is fermented and aged in oak for one year. Pure medium yellow gold in color, it offers a tangy, apricot and ripe pineapple nose. Silky in the mouth, it offers honeyed sultanas and apricot with good acidity. Biblia Chora 2021 Sole Vidiano PGI Pangeon ($32) 93  This Sole is a blend of 90% Vidiano, a transplanted variety native to Crete, and 10% Assyrtiko. Light straw in color, it has a very attractive nose of pear, quince, citrus and flowers. It has a crisp attack with a lanolin-like mouth feel and is beautifully balanced with freshness and persistence. A terrific wine. Biblia Chora 2020 Sole Pinot Noir PGI Pangeon ($42) 91 Purple in color, this Pinot Noir displays aromas of black cherries and spice with pervasive notes of toasted oak/vanilla. Medium weight, it is silky smooth on the palate, with nicely integrated tannins, good acidity, and a persistent finish.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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