This is a dark and tannic wine, very firm and dense. It has weight while also allowing room for acidity. The ripe blackberry fruits are still buried beneath this tannic character, needing more time to show through. It is likely to remain a dry wine with a tough aftertaste.
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.