A blend of classic southern French varieties, including Syrah and Grenache. It marks a rare foray into the world of appellation contrôlée wines for Skalli, who handles the marketing. Sweet, black, herb-laden fruits are underpinned by spices from the wood. This is a complex wine, blending acidity with ripe, warm, southern fruits. It is drinkable now, but could certainly age well over five years. —R.V.
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.