Made in a traditional, gravity-operated cellar with 100% Merlot from a densely planted vineyard, this is an impressive wine that manages to tread a fine line between considerable richness and a more restrained, dry tannin and fresh fruit character. Although it does quickly fall apart with decanting or air, it is worth aging, for at least 3–4 years.
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.