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Chateau Les Asteries 2015
2015 Bordeaux Future Pre-Sale Offer, St Emilion

Chateau Les Asteries 2015
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
St Emilion, GC
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
97
Wine Advocate
94
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Jancis Robinson:
Here Jonathan Maltus gives us an expression of the St Emilion plateau, from a vineyard featuring hard calcaire à astéries bedrock, and thin soils. It is just around the corner from Château Fonroque. The picking chez Maltus was on October 2nd for the Merlot, which is 83% of the blend, and October 13th for the Cabernet Franc, which makes up the balancing 17%. The alcohol is 14.8%, with 3.47 g/l acidity. This is always one of the more minerally cuvées here, and it shows true to form in this vintage. A vibrant hue in the glass, and a very precise nose, pure and perfumed, with that tell-tale minerally smoke coming ahead of the fruit. There follows a very tightly coiled palate, textured but very pure and delineated, with a real elegance to it. I get dark cherry fruit, with a touch of curranty concentration, with floral notes, vanilla flower, culminating in real energy in the finish, and an elegant fading grip. A lovely style of wine that carries its alcohol well. Winemaker Neil Whyte has turned in a fine performance here.

17 - 18 Points

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Bordeaux Red Blends
Appellation
Bordeaux
Vineyard Designation
St Emilion, GC
Alcohol %
13
Wine Spectator
97
Wine Advocate
94
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Wine Spectator: "Structured, tight and firm this wine is focused around dominant tannins, yet shows the potential of black fruit flavors. Destined for long-term aging." 95-97 Points
Ratings
Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Les Asteries is a blend of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc picked on October 2 and 13, then matured in 80% new oak. This has an opulent bouquet with cocoa-tinged black fruit, blueberry and a dab of cassis. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin, perhaps not quite as precise as the 2015 Le Pontet, though there is satisfying substance and backbone on the finish, with the Cabernet Franc expressive and imparting a subtle peppery vein. Give this 34 years in bottle and then drink over 12-15 years. Drink 2019-32." 92-94 Points
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