Two naturally tannic grapes have produced a wine of surprising richness and softness. It has qualities of blackberry and herb; its tannins are now well-integrated after 18 months in wood and three years in bottle. It's big, ripe, spicy and ready to drink.
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.