While there are some rustic, earthy aromas, the wine's taste is more elegant. It is blackberry fruits, ripe tannins, a tight acidity that plays with the dark tannins. There is a final mineral, steely edge that needs a year to soften out.
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.