It's a shame so much high-toast wood was used in aging this wine. Under those flavors of smoky wood, some black fruit wants to come out. The wine does have the weight, and it will be worth waiting until 2018 before drinking.
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.