This is a very dark wine, rich in dried fruits, plums and dense tannins. The wood aging is an important element here, giving a firm and dry character. With its richness comes weight and concentration. A bitter edge suggests overextraction.
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.