In the first flush of youth their colour is a bright ruby, turning to deep carmine or dark cerise with age. Strawberry, mulberry, violet, mignonette, and rose all help to make up their bouquet of spontaneous aromas. More maturity brings out liquorice, leather and fur, with gamey notes and hints of underbrush. On the palate, they impress by their firm structure, velvety tannins and delicate texture.

This is a wine for meat-eaters, its gamey notes giving it a particular affinity for game, whether furred or feathered, especially when the wine is more fully evolved. It also goes superbly with rib steak, lamb, and all musky, solidly fibrous meats, that need time in the mouth to extract all their savour.It is at ease with all strong cow-milk cheeses, in particular Époisses, Ami du Chambertin or Cîteaux.

Serving temperature : 15 to 16°C