Almost as a challenge, owners Pascal et Jean-Marc Verhaeghe set out to prove that Malbec could produce a fine Port-style fortified wine. It works: its ripe sweetness and the balance between brandy and wine are just right. Jammy black cherry flavors and soft tannins give it a rich, velvety character. Drink now.
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.