Named after the Roman emperor who allowed vine planting in Cahors, this dense wine layers new wood and dark fruits in an initially velvety style. Only slowly do the complex tannins show through to offer power and enormous aging potential. Keep for at least seven years.
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.