Relatively dry, this has some firm tannins, darkened by plum skin flavors and ripe berries, lifted with acidity. The spirit element comes through as pepper and spice, giving an edge to the soft fruit.
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.