An unusually high proportion of Petit Verdot (30%) gives this wine both its color and its firm, dark structure. It's a rich wine, the tannins underlying ripe black plum skin flavors and a spicy aftertaste. Give this wine until 2016.
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.