A smooth and velvet-textured wine, where the wood, while dominant, is also there to give an opulence to the ripe fruits. So pear and peach flavors go with spice and there is a fine, apple streak of acidity. With its final concentration of rich flavors this is developing well, giving a caramel and lime acidity finish.
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.