The red-juice grape Alicante Bouschet gives a fine performance here. It has produced a firm, structured wine with fine tannins as well as generous black fruit. It comes from a hot year in the region, producing great ripe, sweet fruit as well as intense acidity. The wine is just now ready to drink and will still mature further, at least until 2022.
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.