This so-called satellite appellation of Saint-Èmilion is able to produce attractive, forward wines, like this one. The ripe, soft structure brings out the black fruits, rounded out by sweet juiciness. There is a slight edge of astringency, but then the smoky wood and berry flavors kick back in.
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.