Tight and tannic, this is a wine with as much structure as fruit. It has a dusty, austere quality, the fruit a light layer underneath. The high proportion of Petit Verdot in the blend gives color as well as those tannins.
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.