A solid, dense wine, its rich tannins dominating dark black fruits. The wine is ponderous, brooding, with shafts of acidity giving it a lift. But it does need a couple of years to soften that core of serious tannins.
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.