New wood influence and extraction give the wine a bitter edge, and a dark chocolate flavor dominates. It has a core of ripe black fruit that will round out as it develops. Solid, chunky, firm and dense.
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.