The wine's color has already passed the young and fruity stage, hinting at the aging that's apparent on the palate. So the bright fruits have diminished, leaving a wine that is round and hinting at the wood aging. It can be drunk now.
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.