88–90. Barrel Sample. There is power here, with dark tannins and immense swathes of black fruits. The fruit and the juicy acidity need to be allowed to show through all the tannic structure and palate concentration.
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.