This comes from the plateau above the river Vienne, an area where the soil is a mix of clay and chalk. With its vanilla and toast over red, spicy fruit, with a touch of smokiness, this is smooth, ripe and elegant.
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.