While the surface of the wine is firmly tannic, the fruit brings in the richness and opulence underneath. The combination equals a ripe, wood-aged wine, with dry tannins that are beginning to integrate into the fruit.
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.