The tannins set the scene with their firm character and solid structure. Licorice and bitter coffee flavors follow, and only then do the fruits come in. Black cherries are firm and ripe, with black plum skin texture. The wine is very concentrated and powerful. Give it four years or more.
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.