2005 Les Asteries, Saint-Emilion (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub-Region: Saint-Emilion
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Review Score: 94+WA, 94WE
Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

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From proprietor Jonathan Malthus, this single-vineyard wine emerges from 80-year-old vines on limestone that survived the devastating frost of 1956. Black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with some licorice and truffle are all present in this dense purple wine. Youthful and loaded with minerality and tannin, this is another infant at age 10. Forget it for another decade and drink it over the following 25-30 years. The final blend was 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

94+ points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 219 - Jun 2015)

Dark-hued and concentrated, this wine also has a considerable mineral character, along with intense bitter chocolate and dark plum skin flavors. It’s juicy, but also broody, massive and dominated by its solid tannins. Keep for 5–10 years.

94 points, Wine Enthusiast (Jun 2008)