88–90. Barrel Sample. This is very fresh and crisp, showing as much black currant acidity as tannin. Its fruitiness is spoilt by a layer of chocolate and licorice flavors that give it a tougher 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.