Dry tannins dominate this wine, which certainly shows up the firm side of this varietal. The fruit is harder to find, with hints of juicy blackcurrants underneath the tannins. Decant this before serving, which will soften the toughness.
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.