Very spicy from dominant new wood. The black plum skin and blackberry fruit are still waiting to come out. It gives the feeling of a wine that has some austerity, although with a year or two in bottle the imbalance will go. It does feel as though it will always be a firm wine.
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.