88-90 Barrel sample. There is a high level of new wood, toast that dominates both the aroma and the flavors. It gives the wine a hard-edged feel at this stage.
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.