92–94. Barrel Sample. The 50% new wood gives a toasty character to the wine, but is not overdone. It has intense acidity that's matched by the ripe red-berry fruits. It will be a wine for early drinking, from 2020.
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.