Les Asteries 2018, St Emilion Grand Cru – Case of 6 x 75cl En Primeur

Les Asteries is from the JCP Maltus portfolio of skillfully crafted Saint-Émilion wines. Neil White is the head winemaker, and Thomas Duclos is a consultant here. The vineyard is composed of thin clay over limestone. The 2018 Les Asteries is a blend of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc and has a 3.65 pH. Deep purple-black in color, it is a little shy to begin, opening out to give fragrant rose hip tea, violets, forest floor and cigar box notions over a core of wild blueberries, kirsch and warm plums plus a waft of cinnamon stick. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has lovely freshness contracting the generous red and black fruits, supported by velvety tannins, finishing long and with loads of mineral sparks coming through.

Score: 94-96Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, April 2019


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