A wine for further aging. The wood element is powerful, but then so is the rich, jammy fruit. You can feel the weight, taste the extraction, the bitter chocolate character bursting out of the ripest blackberry fruit flavors. Keep for 2–3 years.
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.