High amounts of new wood hit both the aromas and the structure of the wine. It has firm weight, dry, smoky tannins and a bitter-chocolate character. It's very dense and very dry, although with the potential to soften and reveal more attractive, juicy fruit.
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.