The great 2009 vintage in the Loire has produced a rich wine, the wood flavors balancing with the full black plum fruit. There is a toasty character that acts as a counterpoint. Along with the acidity, the flavors suggest a wine for aging over 2–3 years.
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.