A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, this is the sort of weighty wine you would expect from the 1996 vintage, with powerful toasty aromas. Flavors of vanilla and honey come from partial wood fermentation. The aftertaste is rich, powerful and concentrated, though a little unbalanced from the dosage.
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.