The Bical grape is often found in Bairrada's sparkling wines. Here, aged in wood, it undergoes a metamorphosis. It is soft and smooth, lightly oxidized with the wood dominating the fruitiness. There are spices and a ripe feel that leaves a spicy tropical fruit aftertaste.
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.