88–90. Barrel sample. This is a concentrated wine with plenty of ripe, generous, extracted fruits. Dark berry flavors and a touch of chocolate on the mid palate make the wine intensely ripe and powerful. At the end, there is a fresher, juicier 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.