94-96 Barrel sample. With its packed, spicy wood and very ripe fruit, this is almost sweet. There are certainly fruit and tannins there, but now they are dominated by new wood, leaving a coated mouthfeel that hides this wine's true potential.
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.