A burly, rough-hewn wine that has been slightly tamed by the use of French oak aging. But it remains a dense wine, packed with dry tannins, spice and herbs, and some juicy black plum flavors. The finish is dry, very firm, and the wine needs at least five years.
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.