Serious levels of wood run through this impressive wine, but never to the loss of the red fruits. There are hints of beetroot, layers of red plum juice, cranberry and acidity. The tannins are important now, and the wine does need to age.
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.