86–88. Barrel Sample. This is a spicy, ripe wine that's full of soft tannins and juicy fruit. There is some bitterness at the end, giving it a tough 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.