A wine that shows firm, slightly vegetal characters initially, but then does open up to give ripe, but very dry, tannins and some intense power. The acidity is prominent at this stage in its evolution, so it should age well over 5–10 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.