Produced from vines that are up to 80 years old (hence the name “The First”), this firmly concentrated wine is solid, rich and powerful. The fruit has sweet black cherry flavors and layers of integrated wood to give balance. An impressive wine, this should age well over 10 years or more. Editors' Choice. —R.V.
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.