There is a long tradition of Malbec in the Loire. This wood-aged dark-colored wine is not powerful, but it does have fine density and a smooth, generous texture. Tannins support the black fruits, giving a wine that finishes with intense acidity as well as a drier aspect. Age for 3–4 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.