Les Asteries 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from St-Emilion, Bordeaux, France

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Item No. 129377
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • RP95
  • ST93
  • WS93
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2010
  • ST95
  • WS94
  • RP94

Critical Acclaim

"This single vineyard cuvee from Jonathan Maltus is planted with 80-year-old vines that somehow survived the famous frost of 1956. Rooted in a thin layer of clay over limestone, they have produced a sensational dense ruby/purple-colored 2011 offering fragrant notes of forest floor, spring flower, lavender, creme de cassis, and a subtle touch of smoke. Broad, savory, rich and brilliantly executed, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years. The composition is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc."
95 Points

"This has gorgeous fruit, with exotic plum, blackberry and loganberry notes seamlessly layered, carried by a well-embedded charcoal note and backed by a surprising floral lift on the finish. This is dense but has impressive cut and drive. Another Teyssier cuvée that has come along strongly since the barrel tasting. Best from 2016 through 2026. 300 cases made. "
93 Points

"Deep ruby. Penetrating, pure nose of merlot on limestone, showing perfumed black fruits and minerals. Deep, pure and long on the palate, with strong minerality complicated by a floral element. Finishes smooth and soft, with a pretty violet note. These vines are barely a hundred meters from Jonathan Maltus's Le Carre but here there is a thinner layer of clay over very hard limestone. I usually give Les Asteries the nod over Le Carrè, but perhaps not in 2011. Rating: 91-93"
93 Points

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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...

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Learn About St-Emilion

(saint eh-meel-YOHN) Medieval Village, Modern Wine A region named after the charming, quaint historical town in Bordeaux, St-Émilion is situated on the right bank of Bordeaux. It's grapes of choice are Merlot and Cabernet Franc (called Bouchet on the right bank). The region has its own classification system, updated and revised every few years. Two of the hottest chateaux...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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