A leaner version of this wine than the 2000 vintage. It is firm with ripe, meaty flavors and solid, very dry tannins. The high acids give this wine obvious staying power, but seem to dominate the fruit at this stage. —R.V.
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.