An herbal wine, spiky with dense tannins, very black in feel, an echo of the wine's name of black barge. The question is, will the wine soften, and that is still up in the air, since those tannins dominate the cranberry flavors and leave astringency.
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.