Initially austere, with dry tannins, this wine then opens up spectacularly. There are aromas of new wood and red fruits; the palate is treated to a rich, rolling velvet texture overlain with berry fruits, sweet acidity and a delicious, open, juicy finish. It will be even better in 5–10 years, but works well now.
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.