Initially, the wine is only lightly spicy. Then, as it opens up, exotic spices play on the freshness of the palate, the pear and yellow plum fruits crispened with acidity. It's a rich wine without feeling in any way over the top.
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.