88–90. Barrel Sample. This is a dense wine, with serious tannins and ripe fruits. It offers a complex structure, although the black fruit core dominates. Lifting acidity on the finish brings out the wine's freshness.
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.