Firm, tannic and dominated by dense black fruits, this has a serious layer of wood that shows through in a smoky, burnt character which needs time to soften. Solid, foursquare and showing the great ripeness of Merlot in 2009.
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.