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2009 Les Astéries, St-Emilion

SKU #1120442 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From vines sitting on hard limestone, this wine is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc that offers prodigious levels of extract, richness, complexity and overall harmony. A fabulous wine, with black fruits galore intermixed with a liqueur of crushed rocks and spring flowers, the wine has plenty of tannin and is best cellared over at least 4-5 years and consumed over the following two decades. This property, owned by Jonathan Maltus, is located 100 meters from his Le Carre, and of course the nearby Clos Fourtet, which produced a perfect wine in 2009. Drink through 2036.(RP)  (2/2012)

93 points James Suckling

 The pure fruit in the nose is so attractive, with crushed blackberries and blueberries. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long juicy finish. Give it time. But so yummy now.  (2/2012)

93 points Vinous

 (from 80-year-old vines planted on thin clay soil over hard limestone): Full bright ruby. Medicinal black fruits and chocolate on the nose. Dense, plush and deep, with very ripe dark berry and chocolate flavors enlivened by chewy minerality. Can't quite match Le Carre for lift but this is every bit as concentrated and comes across as sweeter. Finishes with strong, building tannins and terrific length. (ST)  (7/2012)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 An impressive wine. It is very structured, dominated at this stage by young tannins. It will always be a firm wine, while the excellent dark plum fruit will give it weight and richness. *Cellar Selection* (RV)  (2/2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe and showy, with enticing layers of plum, fig and boysenberry that cascade over one another, framed by judiciously toasty spice and a long, licorice-filled finish. Well-toasted, but rounded and integrated. Very solid. (JM, Web Only-2012)

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