This wine is coming into balance with wood, acidity and fruit all present. It has a dusty tannic character that's attractive and acts as a good base for the blackberry flavors. The wine will develop quickly, so drink from 2018. Laurent and Sophie Cisneros bought Rouillac with a focus: eliminate chemical pesticides and herbicides. They built a barrel cellar to environmental European standards. The vineyard is 60 acres Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with five acres of white grapes. Eric Boissenot consults.
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.