92–94. Barrel sample. This is a ripe and smoky wine with lively acidity. It also has dense black fruits and a firmly tannic character that demands aging. Solid in texture, it's touched by notes of licorice with a bitter edge.
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.