Firm and dark wine, its solid tannins very much to the fore. There is also a strong toasty wood element that needs time to blend in what will be ripe, sweet fruits, freshened with pungent acidity. For aging.
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.