An austere, structured wine, this is dominated by strong wood flavors. It has dark chocolate, bitter tannins with the fruit element submerged. At this stage, it doesn't have the weight to fully integrate fruit and structure.
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.