94–96. Barrel Sample. Ripe, smooth and with a velvety texture, this is a superrich, over-the-top wine. It is opulent and generous in warm red-plum flavors. The freshness is slow to come through this weighty wine.
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.