Sweet chocolate and blackberries initially give the wine a balance between sweetness and fruitiness. The problem is the intrusion of unbalanced brandy that gives the wine a final impression of being tired.
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.