A good example of what a real blend can do. With Aragonês, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon all mixed together, the result works out magnificently. The oak may dominate at the moment, but the power and the gloriously opulent fruit will certainly come right through in a year or two. —R.V.
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.