While the wine is rich, it does show a more austere side, with tight acidity balancing superripe fruit tones. Big berry flavors are contrasted by ripe tannins and a chalky, firm texture. This wine might need to age, so drink after 2015.
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.