Wood aging (hence the extra year before release) gives this wine richness and a smooth texture. It does take away some freshness but the ripe red fruits give a rounded character that puts the wine firmly in the food-friendly category.
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.