A powerful layer of tannin is the initial dominant element here. The fruit, black plum skins and red cherries, is behind this curtain of dryness. It shows minerality and some austerity, but looks set to develop well over the next 4–5 years.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.