LES ASTÉRIES

2017 Grand Cru Saint Emilion

EN PRIMEUR

The 2017 Les Astéries was picked on 3 October, was 13.25° alcohol, and is matured in 80% new oak. It has a perfumed bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit – cranberry, crème de cassis and wilted violets, all nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fairly succulent tannin, a fine bead of acidity, quite fresh in the mouth with a gentle grip towards the finish. This is a toned-down version of Les Astéries compared to previous vintages that it suits it well. Drinking range: 2023 - 2038 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, vinous.com(May 2018)

In Bond

75cl bottles (wood case of 6)

* This is a pre-shipment/primeur offer. All orders are accepted under the TERMS of this offer which differ from the terms of the rest of the site.

Blueberries, crushed violets, spice, and crushed rock notions all emerge from the 2017 Les Astéries, which is a tiny cuvée under the helm of the talented Jonathan Maltus. Coming from hard, dense, limestone soils (called Astéries) and very old vines, it’s rich, textured, and medium to full-bodied, with a straight, elegant style on the palate. It’s going to need short-term cellaring and drink nicely for a decade. Rating: 91-94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Apr 2018)

Another St.-Emilion with a nicely fleshy core of red fruit that’s buttressed by firm yet ripe tannins, pretty acidity and a mineral-driven finish. Rating: 91-92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2018)

From deep limestone soils, Calcaire à Astéries of course, close to the top of the town. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc were both picked on October 3rd, the former 83% of the blend, the latter 17%. The alcohol is 13.25% and total acidity 3.26 g/l. I find tense black cherry fruit on the nose here, dry and concentrated, but still fresh and lifted, helped by that dusty, chalky, limestone frame. An elegantly reposed palate, cool, fresh, open, relaxed and generous, with a gentle seam of intertwined cherry, cocoa bean, nuts and grilled pips, wrapped up in a fine sinewy texture. A very different tannic structure here, a little more prominent, chalky and firm, leading into a long, tannin-infused finish. Very good. The élevage will be in 80% new oak. Rating: 93-95 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2018)

Jonathan Maltus was the first Englishman to receive 100 points from Robert Parker for one of his wines. He arrived in Bordeaux in 1994, selling his project management company in order to buy the picturesque but otherwise unremarkable Château Teyssier. Hard work and serious investment established Château Teyssier as a remarkably successful St Emilion brand, but the sandy soils of Vignonet were never going to provide the terroir for true St Emilion greatness. So, Jonathan set out to find himself some good terroir.

First of all, in 1996, he purchased a 3.5ha plot from Vieux Château Mazerat when one of the two brothers who owned the estate died. This he christened Le Dôme. The plot sits next to Château Angélus on almost Pomerol-esque ground – sandy soil over a layer of crasse de fer (a rich iron oxide). The vines, planted in 1956 and 1970, are 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot, making Le Dôme the most Cabernet Franc dominant wine in St Emilion. In 1996, Le Dôme was at the forefront of the garagiste movement and went into exclusively new oak, although latterly the new oak proportion has dropped back to 80%.

In 2004 Jonathan took on a 1.2ha plot that had been part of Château Fonroque, that lay on a hard limestone called calcaire à astéries, so he named the wine Les Astéries. The 80 year old vines are 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

Next, in 2005, came Le Carré – a 1.1ha plot next to Clos Fourtet on more typically St Emilion clay over limestone soil. Le Carré is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.

And, in 2008, when the other brother at Vieux Château Mazerat died, Jonathan purchased the rest of the estate. The 3.5ha of vineyard also lie next to Château Angélus (and, also, Château Canon) but in a separate block from Le Dôme, on more usual clay/limestone soil, and with a different grape mix (65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Franc), so the old estate was not re-united. But in a nod to their former joint status, the Vieux Château Mazerat has the same label as Le Dôme except the colours are reversed.

Please make sure that you have read the terms of this offer which are different from those on the main website. If you are unclear as to what is involved in primeur purchases please do call us, but see the 'practical notes' below.

Ordering

Prices are per case as listed 'in bond London'.

Pre-Orders are a firm commitment from you to buy the wines you order on release, subject to the price being below the upper price of the estimated band on our website. You may also set your own upper price limit, lower or higher than ours. Pre-orders will be fulfilled subject to availability. Providing this firm commitment to us effectively gives you priority.

Wines listed on the website (after any pre-orders and allocations have been fulfilled) can be ordered in the usual way via the website order form or by email to privateclients@leaandsandeman.co.uk or by telephone 020 7221 1982, always subject to stock remaining.

Confirmation

All orders will be confirmed by email and are contractually binding unless written cancellation is received within seven days of the confirmation date, apart from pre-orders which are binding if the release price is below the top estimate or other price you have set.

Invoices are raised at the In Bond price, excluding any duty and VAT which will become payable at the prevailing rates on arrival of the wine if required duty paid.

Payment is required on sight of invoice, by cash, cheque, debit card or credit transfer. We reserve the right to charge 2% per month on invoices unpaid after 30 days.

Delivery

  • Shipment to our bond (at LCB Creek Road) and insurance are included in the in bond price.
  • Delivery is free to Lea and Sandeman / Elephant storage accounts, both duty paid and in bond.
  • Other deliveries (In Bond and Duty Paid) are also free subject to a minimum order from the offer of £1000, orders below this total will be charged £16.50+ VAT when the wine invoices are issued. We will group deliveries and this is a charge for your entire purchases, not a per-case charge.
  • Delivery for 2017 Bordeaux primeurs will expected to be completed by October 2020, but we can make no guarantee as to specific delivery times, and some of the Sauternes may be later.

Practical notes - how it works

We start a sale in each customer's name and add all their primeur orders to one sale which is invoiced at the end of the campaign (or when the customer wishes). Immediate payment of invoices is then required. We and our customers find that having a single invoice for the vintage is the simpler option, but do please note that confirmed orders are still binding as above even if the final invoice has not been issued.

When the wine is shipped, unless previously specified we will assume that delivery is to be to bonded storage with Elephant Storage, but in any case, we will contact you requesting any alternative instructions. If you have another bonded delivery address you would like the wine to go to, please tell us at the time of ordering. If the wines are required duty-paid we will issue invoices at the rates prevailing at the time for the excise duty (currently £25.98 per case) and the VAT (currently at 20%) on the total of the wine cost and the duty.

Half-bottles, Magnums and larger bottles.

One of the additional advantages of buying en primeur is being able to order the wine in the bottle size you want. Even if a wine is only listed in one size, you can order any bottle or case size you want if the property supplies it, but you must order the case/bottle size you require and check that the correct size has been invoiced.

Additional charges are as follows:-

  • +£20 per case of 24 half-bottles
  • +£10 per case of 6 Magnums (2 bottles equivalent, 1.5 litres each)
  • +£35 per individually boxed Double Magnum (4 bottles equivalent, 3 litres)
  • +£50 per individually boxed Imperial (8 bottles equivalent, 6 litres) for Salmanazars, Balthazars, Nebuchadnezzars and Melchiors please enquire for availability and price.