Barrel fermentation and aging have given this wine its ripe character. They have filled it out with spiciness, adding complexity to the yellow fruit and maturing acidity. It's not going to age much further but is very fine to drink now.
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.