Private Reserve, it is called, and this full-bodied, well-wooded wine is a definite cut above the other Médoc in the Thomas Barton range. It is has structure, density, well-defined black fruits and a dry, tannic core, which could even promise some aging. This nudges up to a decent château wine.
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.