The wood-aging flavors are strong although not too dominant. They ride well with the solid fruit tannins, flavorsome blackberry fruits and firm, smoky aftertaste. This balanced wine will need some aging; drink from 2016.
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.