88–90. Barrel Sample. Showing forward new-wood characteristics, this is a spicy wine, with a core of ripe and jammy fruit. Attractive, not powerful, it offers acidity, some concentration and a juicy aftertaste.
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.