With its dark color and intense tannins, this is a big wine in all senses. The fruit is packed into a box of firm dry structure, with acidity keeping a lid on its potential exuberance. It certainly needs time for the richness to fully come through.
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.