This is a huge wine—almost too much so—with superripe tannins and fruit. It tastes concentrated, its black fruit sweet and rounded. A pepper note comes from the alcohol and gives it a bitter edge.
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.