Dark and tannic, this is a wine that has power and a dense structure. Put this dry, firm character down to youth, because there is clean, ripe red berry fruit there that needs 2–3 years to tame the tannins. The finish is dry, but there is a good lift of acidity.
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.