The natural low set, perfect arc and gentle conditions of the 2016 vintage are ideal for the cerebral disposition of the Astra. The 2016 Astra is also drawn from just four barrels, but in this case from the southeastern blocks at Luminous Hills, three quarters 667 clone on Jory volcanic at the upper elevations, and one quarter 115 clone on lower elevation sedimentary. The result is the marriage of elegant dusty berry notes with darker tone underpinnings and spice. Where the Lux is power on the palate, the Astra leans on ethereal aromatics and a lingering finish. 17% whole cluster fermented and barrel aged in all French cooperage (100% once-filled barrels: Marsannay Cooper’s Choice, Billon Vosges, Rousseau Video forest blend, Rousseau Allier). 13.6% Alcohol.