There is a strong initial wood flavor in this structured wine. Solid and dense in character, it needs time to soften its toastiness and reveal its ripe blackberry fruitiness. Give this wine several years, and drink from 2016.
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.