The acidity is still here in this now-mature wine, keeping it lively while all the flavors swirl around. Pepper and richness combine, while the sweetness has given way to intense power and concentration. Flavors of toast and dark toffee leave a rich, almost dry aftertaste.
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.