86-88 Barrel sample. There's too much wood here, obvious on the nose and with dominant flavors of pine shavings. But there is fruit there, even if, at this stage, not rich enough to balance out the wood.
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.