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 superb effort, the dense purple-colored 2008 offers a beautiful nose of new saddle leather, kirsch, black currants, licorice and spice box, medium to full body, ripe tannins, a luscious texture and a long, layered mouthfeel and finish. Sadly, this beauty is very limited in availability. It should drink well for 10-15 years."
The Wine Advocate
"With its classic mineral edge, dusty tannins and firm, dry structure, the wine has a core that weighs well with the severe texture. As a contrast, the fruit underneath is ripe and juicy. A wine for several years' aging."
"Bright medium ruby. Superripe, slightly high-toned aromas of cassis, blueberry, licorice and minerals. Juicy, fine-grained and surprisingly tight, with lovely sappy energy to the tight core of dark berry and licorice flavors. This chalky, precise wine boasts excellent chewy depth. Finishes broad and long, with firm, even tannins and terrific lift.
International Wine Cellar