With aromas of char, toast and charcoal there's too much toasted oak for the fruit on this wine. There are some cassis flavors but they're covered by more char and burnt toast. There is nice acidity on the finish. Give this one time to settle, and hope there's still some fruit. —C.S.
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.