Toasty aromas give a strongly spicy character. They also bring out a ripe side to the wine, rounded and rich, full of wood and warm fruit flavors. It needs time to develop its full potential, so wait 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.