Structured wine, the smoky, juicy fruit flavors right up front with the dry tannins. It has good aging potential, its powerful density offering a firm, solid character. It is certainly young at this stage, the smoky wood character showing right through. Keep for 3–4 years.
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.