Hinting at opulence to come, this is a rich wine. Its tannins are powerful but do not detract from the ripe berry and stone fruits. It has a fine, balanced texture with the sweetness of the fruit lifted by delicious acidity. Give this wine five years at least.
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.