This is a big, wood-laden smoky wine, with notes of spice and enticing toast to go with the firm tannins. At the same time, the fruit is vying to show its rich red-plum character. Give this 4–5 years to begin to show its best.
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.