94–96. Barrel Sample. Here's a solidly tannic wine, with a smoky wood character that lies over the juicy fruit layers. It will need time to coalesce, but it shows the potential to be able to age well.
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.