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 Dutruch Grand Poujeaux 2012 Red (Moulis-en-Médoc)

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This is turning into an impressive wine as it finds its way between solid tannins and ripe, full black fruits. It is dark and dense at this stage with tannins that dominate. A more juicy character will develop as the wine ages. Drink from 2017.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2015)
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Château Villemaurine 2012 Red (Saint-Émilion)

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This solid and powerful wine comes from a chateau right in the walls of Saint-Émilion. A dense texture brings out tannins and the wood-aging flavors. Spice, black currant fruitiness and a dark, dense character all promise aging. Drink from 2018.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2015)
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Clos Cantenac 2012 Merlot (Saint-Émilion)

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Big and bold, this new-wood-aged wine is developing well. With mint aromas, coffee and toast on the palate and ripe blackberry fruits, it has a good future. It’s dense, solid and dark in character at this stage. Drink from 2017.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2015)
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Château du Bois Chantant 2012 Cuvée Laurence H. Red (Bordeaux Supérieur)

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This complex, ripe wine balances firm wood aging with dark fruit. It’s full in the mouth, juicy and with plenty of potential. Solid tannins and rich berry flavors are coming together. Wait until 2017.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2015)
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Château Floreal Laguens 2012 Red (Bordeaux Supérieur)

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This rich wine features great tannins and ripe black fruits. It comes from a property on the slopes above the Garonne river that also produces Côtes de Bordeaux. Already delicious in its layers of structure and fruit, it is packed with ripe flavors and finished with acidity. It can age and will be best from 2017.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2015)
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Château La Grange Clinet 2012 Grande Réserve Red (Côtes de Bordeaux)

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Big tannins and ripe fruits result in a wine that is dense and structured. The wood aging is apparent, thanks to a smoky character that pushes over the black currant fruit. From vineyards on slopes above the Garonne river, this is a solid wine with a good future. Drink from 2017.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2015)
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Château Mirefleurs 2012 Red (Bordeaux Supérieur)

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Ripe, full and smooth, this obviously wood-aged wine has also managed to retain its ripe fruit. It’s soft, full of acidity and black currants, with a good touch of spice to bring out the complexity of the wine. Drink from 2017.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2015)
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Clos Cantenac 2011 Merlot (Saint-Émilion)

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Already well developed, this solid, wood-aged wine packs powerful tannins as well as fruit. It has a dense character, spice and a core of firmness. With its rich fruit and fresh acidity at the end, it’s nearly ready to drink but merits a wait. Drink from 2016.

 — R.V.  (2/1/2015)
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