Roger Voss

European Editor

Reviews wines from Portugal and France.

Roger Voss is a veteran wine and food author, and a journalist and has been writing about wine and food for the past 25 years. His books include France: A Feast of Food and Wine; The Wines of the Loire; Pocket Guide to the Wines of the Loire, Alsace and the Rhône; and Fortified Wines. He is based in Bordeaux, France, and reviews the wines of Portugal and France (except for Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon).

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Château Malartic-Lagravière 2012 Bordeaux-style White Blend (Pessac-Léognan)

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A dense, wood-aged wine, it brings richness, intense fruit and acidity together. It’s complex and concentrated, powerfully structured and full of yellow fruits as well as lemon juice, edged with toast. It’s a wine for aging, so drink from 2018.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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Château Pape Clément 2012 Bordeaux-style White Blend (Pessac-Léognan)

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Fresh wood dominates this powerful, rich wine. It’s developing its fruitiness well, bringing out tropical flavors. A ripe full-blooded, no-holds-barred density suggests a fine future. Drink from 2018.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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Château Smith Haut Lafitte 2012 Bordeaux-style White Blend (Pessac-Léognan)

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A richly rounded wine, impressively dense and powerful. Its ripe tropical and green fruits are integrating well with the toast from wood aging to give great swathes of complex fruit and structure. This is a wine for the long haul. Drink from 2017.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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Domaine Vacheron 2012 Les Romains Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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From the flint soils of Les Romains, this tight wine is full of acidity, steely minerality and a promise of future greatness. It’s powerful, concentrated and rich, with yellow fruits, toast, gorgeous acidity and a long-lasting aftertaste. Drink from 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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Henri Bourgeois 2012 Jadis Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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From selected, sunny parcels of vines, it’s powered by its citrus and pear fruits along with an intensely mineral texture and supreme concentration. It’s a Sancerre to keep, still young and gawky, best drunk from 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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Vinha Paz 2011 Reserva Red (Dão)

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This is Dão at its best. It’s a powerful wine, embedded in the hard granite of the region with its dark, brooding tannins and solid structure, with a touch of chocolate in the background. Dominated by Touriga Nacional, juicy but very firm, it wears its long wood aging easily. The wine is already integrated, but should be aged for several years. Drink from 2017.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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Domaine Vincent Delaporte 2013 Monts Damnés Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre)

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From the intensely steep Monts Damnés vineyard, this wine is rich and full of ripe tropical and citrus fruits, with a tight line in steely minerality. It’s still too structured and firm, so drink from 2016.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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Château Carbonnieux 2012 Bordeaux-style White Blend (Pessac-Léognan)

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This is pure fruitiness but with a tense, tight structure underneath.The fresh exterior is all citrus fruits and acidity, while behind lies a texture that demands aging. It’s impressive, rich and worth waiting for. Drink from 2018.  — R.V.  (10/1/2014)
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