Heavy extraction has given the wine a dark, bitter-chocolate character along with a serious amount of toast flavors. The result is a wine that is tough and only hinting at the fruit. It will probably soften as it develops although that firm wood character will likely remain. Drink from 2018.
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.