The wine is all structure and tannin. It has a severe character with a dense, chewy texture. The wood aging has left a wine that has extracted licorice and black plum-skin flavors amid a dry core. To come around, it will need several years and will still be firmly structured; drink from 2018.
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.