Very ripe Merlot brings with it soft tannins and a richly perfumed character. It is dense but the the opulent fruit dominates. Black plum juice flavors characterize the aftertaste.
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.