This is a heavily Merlot dominated wine, hence the high alcohol. The effect, though, is of a wine that is fruity and with a crisp edge of black currant juice. It is young, spicy from wood aging and finishes with a stalky 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.