88–90. Barrel Sample. Strong caramel aromas lead to a wine that is firmly tannic and too heavily extracted. The wine does have weight, suggesting fruit here, but is hard to taste at the moment.
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.