90–92. Barrel Sample. This wine is concentrated while showing an opulence that comes from the rich Merlot. The wine is full of ripe black-plum flavors, dense tannins and great spiciness, all lifted by lingering acidity on the finish.
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.