89–91. Barrel sample. This is a rich, full and juicy wine. It's packed with ripe Merlot that lends a warm, strawberry-fruit character. There is great density on the palate and a touch of bitterness at the end.
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.