Violets and aromatic herbs give character to the wine, while the palate is dry, with good tannins to go with the cherry and plum fruits. There is a good balance, the spice and chocolate richness adding interest.
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.