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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Sunday, 8 November 2009

2007 Meandro@O Magano, Campo d'Ourique, Lisbon

Discovered a new (new to us) Alentejo restaurant – O Magano in Campo d'Ourique, Lisbon. Had a very good and copious meal – lots of starters including presunto, octopus salad, chick pea salad, broad bean salad and stuffed mushrooms. These come as standard and you choose your main course. I had a very good rabbit in a rich gravy accompanied by a migas. Could just about have fed two people and certainly far too much for one person. No space for a dessert, so we just had a very good cup of coffee to finish.

On the way in I noticed a bottle of 2001 Quinta do Vale Meão (one of the Douro Boys) in the wine cabinet. Unfortunately the 2001 was 85€ on the wine list. Actually not an unreasonable price seeing as this wine retails at around 60€ but still more than we wanted to pay. Luckily they had the 2007 Meandro, the second wine of Quinta do Vale Meão. This was excellent – soft with mouthfilling fruit with well integrated tannins. This wine was in the Douro Boys tasting on 30th October when I thought it needed more time to soften. Just shows the influence of food.

O Magano is just across the road from Garrafeira de Campo d'Ourique a very good wine shop. Worth booking as it gets from busy from about 9pm, especially at the weekends. When we left a little after 10pm there was a queue for tables.

O Magano
52 Rua Tomas da Anunciação, Lisboa
Tel: 21 395 45 22
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