Essenz is the style of wine given to sick emperors as the ultimate medicine. It certainly has a life-giving character, the distillation of noble rot berries, honeyed and intensely texture. The wine has a pure feel, sustained by final acidity. Drink now or age for many years.
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.