Weighed down with wood and spice, this wine only redeems itself because of the weight of the blackberry and black-currant fruit. These give the wine richness and density, allowing room for juicy fruits to come through the wood flavors. Drink from 2022 to allow the wood to die back.
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.