On the dark side, this wine is layered with tannins, that cut firmly through the red plum juice flavors. That gives it a dry character, which is certainly more powerful than the fruit. At the end, the freshness is there, a fine burst of acidity and vibrant red fruits.
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.