The wine inside this ridiculously heavy bottle echoes the same grandiose intentions: it's immensely powerful showing some signs of heavy-handed extraction. Black fruits are shot through with touches of pepper because of the alcohol. The wine is ready to drink now—dark, tannic and concentrated.
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.