89–91. Barrel Sample. While the aromas are mainly of wood, the palate shows fruit and a tannic balance. It is dry, with hints of black chocolate and blackberry. The wood, solid and dark, is still integrating with the fruit.
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.