Now at its best, this is a wine showing tannins, dry raisins as well as tense acidity. It is mature, ripe, definitely ready for drinking. It has secondary flavors of prunes, wood and smokiness, while the dryness at the core suggests it will not mature much longer.
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.