A serious amount of wood shows in this wine, giving a toasty, burnt edge to the ripe structure and red fruit. Since the wine is young, the wood will ease off over the next years. It does make this a powerful, very structured wine for the long term.
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.