While the wood-aging shows strongly in this young wine, it is already apparent that it is going to be intense, grandiose, opulent while serious. Great citrus layers give a moment of freshness in all this concentration. Green plums, ripe apricots and lemon are all developing, contrasting with the dense, mineral structure. The wine needs long-term aging, dont' drink before 2020.
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.