With just 49 acres for the whole appellation, Marcillac is a little-known area in the southern foothills of the central mountains of France, planted entirely with Mansois. This wine is smooth with a aromas of spice and tobacco, stalky tannins and black currant fruit. It can easily be drunk now, although this young and fruity wine will be better from 2018.
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.