This Single Vineyard wine is made from a single hectare on 'Asteries' (rock limestone) soil between Chateau Fonroque and Clos Fourtet. The vines survived the frost of 1956 and are up to eighty years old. 'Panacheed' in the old style (Merlot interspersed with Cabernet Franc to ensure easy blending in the days before pumps) they are cropped down to four bunches per vine to reflect the 'terroir' of the parcel.
Very focused with the sophistication that could only come from 80-year old vines. Wonderful.
"A full-bodied 2007, Les Asteries reveals scents of espresso roast, white chocolate, blackberries, and black currants, a deep, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, sweet tannin, and surprising volume and density."
The Wine Advocate