This is a dusty, earthy wine that has structure rather than fruit. It is tough in tannins that give a dry character to the wine. There is the potential for juiciness as the wine opens up, so wait before drinking. It will be best after 2017.
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.