While it still has firm tannins, the wine is now also showing maturity. The color is changing, the hints of berry fruits fading behind the sweet and sour flavors and the dark, dry core. The wine has considerable acidity, leaving an aftertaste that is still fresh.
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.