25th edition of METAXA Private Reserve
23 October 2017
Constantinos Raptis, the Metaxa Master, opens the doors of his own house, to celebrate the 25th edition of METAXA Private Reserve.
For 25 years, Constantinos Raptis has been the 5th Metaxa Master, revealing his art of enhancing Greek nature, through the unique craftmanship of marrying aged wine distillates, aromatic Muscat wines of Samos and Mediterranean botanicals.
He is the one in charge of preserving and transmitting the heritage of the House: a subtle balance between continuity in style and the creation of one-of-a-kind spirits.
METAXA Private Reserve is Constantinos Raptis’ very first own creation, when he was named 5th Metaxa Master, in 1992.
“I create METAXA Private Reserve once a year, in a single batch, with blends that have reached the perfect peak of their expression, some of which coming from the first distillery in Piraeus. This is, without any doubt, the creation I am the most proud of. It’s generous and voluptuous and it offers a distinctive character when you taste it," says the Metaxa Master.
Every year, METAXA Private Reserve is released from a single cask, with a limited number of decanters.
Each decanter, minimalist and aesthetic, with a numbered craft label and an oakwood cork embossed with the emblem of the House, is signed by Constantinos Raptis.
Appearance: Dark amber with honey reflections.
1st Bouquet: Dried flowers with notes of oak.
2nd Bouquet: Notes of old honey, bitter citrus peel, chocolate and coffee, mixture of sweet spices, pear compote.
Palate: Complex and generous. Gentle oak, dried figs, raisins, tobacco, and orange peel.
Finish: Long aftertaste of dried fruit (figs, plums).
METAXA Private Reserve was rewarded with the Silver Medal of the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017.