Still firmly closed up, this is a powerful wine with considerable potential. It has strong tannins and a tight black-berry fruitiness. The juiciness of Alicante Bouschet shines through, promising a rich future in which the structure will be coupled with more forward fruit character.
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.