If drunk young, this is the style of red that needs to be lightly chilled so the firm tannins can show equally with the acidity and red fruits. The wine certainly is fresh, still showing a tannic character that needs to soften to fill it out as it ages.
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.