Burned wood aromas reveal the smoky nature of this wine. Wood aging and a bitter chocolate character dominate. There is a question as to whether it can soften. Wait until 2017 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.