With black cherry fruits, spice and a leathery character, this is a firm, tight wine. It does have plenty of fruit and acidity to go with the tannins. There's a chunky feel to it, the acidity waiting to come through on the finish.
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.