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 Calon Ségur 2013 Barrel Sample Red (Saint-Estèphe)

96–98. Barrel Sample. This is a wonderfully rich and ripe wine. It has finely integrated tannins as well as blackberry fruit. The texture is velvet smooth, opulent, ripe and concentrated, packed with beautiful fruit flavors. It’s a wine that will age superbly.  — R.V.  (4/4/2014)
97
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Château Mouton Rothschild 2013 Barrel sample Red (Pauillac)

96–98. Barrel Sample. This is a powerful and dense wine, with ripe and rich berry fruit notes. It’s balanced, showing strong tannins in harmony with concentrated fruit. It is rich, generous in texture and sure to age well.  — R.V.  (4/4/2014)
96
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Château Léoville Las Cases 2013 Barrel sample Red (Saint-Julien)

95–97. Barrel Sample. A powerful, structured wine, this is dominated by juicy Cabernet Sauvignon but with an aromatic edge from Cabernet Franc. The wine is rich for the vintage, yet with a fresh profile. Balanced, it is a stylish wine that shows a fine future.  — R.V.  (4/4/2014)
96
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Château Montrose 2013 Barrel sample Red (Saint-Estèphe)

95–97. Barrel Sample. This wine is complex, ripe and powerful. The power is complemented by the velvet texture that gives it roundness as well as richness. The acidity cuts right through this impressive wine.  — R.V.  (4/4/2014)
95
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Château Cos d'Estournel 2013 Barrel sample Red (Saint-Estèphe)

94–96. Barrel Sample. A powerful and intense wine, this is firmly tannic. It also shows spice, acidity and black currant fruit. The minerality is essential to give the wine a fine texture. It is for long-term aging.  — R.V.  (4/4/2014)
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Château Lafite Rothschild 2013 Barrel sample Red (Pauillac)

94–96. Barrel Sample. This wine has firm tannins, lending it a dark, serious character. It is hugely concentrated, full of black fruit and sweet wood flavors. Along with the weight, it does have a more elegant side, showing potential balance, freshness and a long finish.  — R.V.  (4/4/2014)
94
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Château Léoville Barton 2013 Barrel sample Red (Saint-Julien)

93–95. Barrel Sample. With delicious acidity, this is a fine wine. It has taken advantage of the fruitiness of the year without burdening the wine with too much tannic structure. The result is fine balance.  — R.V.  (4/4/2014)
94
points

Château Lynch-Bages 2013 Barrel sample Red (Pauillac)

93–95. Barrel Sample. This has a palpable dry element, with the black currant flavor cut by dark chocolate. It has strong tannins and power. It will need to age.  — R.V.  (4/4/2014)
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