Smoky, new-wood aromas and flavors cloak the black berry fruit in this wine. It has a hard edge at the moment, like concentrated wood juice. But there is fruit there, so give the wine two years and those powerful, brooding fruits will come through.
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.