This is a firm, tannic wine although one that also has plenty of potential for its ripe fruits. Blackberry and dry tannins go well together at this stage and will integrate further as the wine softens over the next few months. The aftertaste gives the whole wine a lift with its acidity. Drink now.
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.