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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Les Asteries  2005
Les Asteries 2005
(search item no. 102030)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $99.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This Single Vineyard wine is made from a single hectare on 'Astéries' (rock limestone) soil between Château Fonroque and Clos Fourtet. The vines survived the frost of 1956 and are up to eighty years old. ‘Panachéed' 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.

Unlike most of the wines of the Château, Les Astéries exhibits a strain of minerality that emphasises the 'rock' like sub-soil.

The wine is pure vineyard rather than a 'winemaker's' wine. Huge colour, high extraction of black fruits, totally hedonistic palate but almost Saint-Estèphe grip on the finish, fresh and very, very long.

My Notes:

About Les Asteries:

This Single Vineyard wine is made from a single hectare on 'Astéries' (rock limestone) soil between Château Fonroque and Clos Fourtet. The vines survived the frost of 1956 and are up to eighty years old. 'Panachéed' 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.

Unlike most of the wines of the Château, Les Astéries exhibits a strain of minerality that emphasises the rock like sub-soil. The wine is pure vineyard rather than a 'winemaker's' wine. Huge colour, high extraction of black fruits, totally hedonistic palate but almost Saint-Estèphe grip on the finish, fresh and very, very long.