Big, rounded and fruity, very appropriate for the vintage, this is a smoothly polished style of wine, with mint and wood layers over the ripe blackberry fruits. It is dense, the tannins dusty rather than tight, the structure still very much to the front. It needs another year of aging.
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.