Tannat and Pinenc, both native to this region of Southwest France, give a ripe, juicy wine, packed with red-fruit flavors surrounding a more dense tannic core. It has a smoky flavor that gives an edge to the great fruit flavors. Drink in 3–4 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.