The wine shows the richness that the Merlot attained in this vintage. Happily, it also has acidity and red fruits to balance the pepper and wood-aging flavors. It will always be a superripe wine although it will develop a smoother mature side. Drink from 2018.
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.