A firm, tightly balanced wine, the intense fruit fitting into a dry, solidly tannic framework. It is ripe, certainly, with a sweet, juicy character, but the dense structure is as important, a core of steely resolve to go with the delicious fruit and acidity. Demands 5–10 years and more 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.