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"Dark ruby in color, with intense aromas of blackberry, mineral and dried lavender. Full-bodied, very dense and layered, with powerful tannins. This is big and very rich. A bodybuilder. Needs time. Best after 2016. 1,330 cases made. –JS" (WS)
"This is one of the most riveting examples of Valandraud Jean-Luc Thunevin has made over the last fifteen years. Thunevin and his partner, Murielle Andraud (who has much of the responsibility for their brilliant Margaux, Marojallia), exhibit impeccable attention to detail, resulting in an inky/blue/purple-colored 2005 Valandraud boasting a sweet nose of melted chocolate, licorice, graphite, espresso roast, and copious quantities of black cherries and blackberries. Pure, layered, and full-bodied, with gorgeous integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood, this stunning effort will be drinkable in 7-8 years, and should keep for three decades. Slightly more than 16,000 bottles were produced." (WA)
"($310-$700) Saturated, deep ruby-red. Very complex aromas of plum, mocha, iron and minerals, lifted by a floral topnote. Wonderfully lush and smooth in the mouth, with fully ripe flavors of black raspberry, currant, licorice and mocha perfectly supported by ripe acidity. This boasts terrific balance and somehow manages to hide its 14.5% alcohol. Finishes impressively long, with big but thoroughly ripe tannins. The pH here is a very reasonable 3.6, notes Jean-Luc Thunevin. A splendid vintage for Valandraud, and likely to evolve slowly." (IWC)
"This stylish Bordeaux wine kicks off with a blast of licorice, spice, and blackberry liqueur fruit accented aromas. Very plush entry with an opulent, sexy finish filled with ripe plums, berries, chocolate and dark cherry flavors. This is polished, lush and sensuous.
95 points - Tasted Jul 3, 2008" (JL)
Château Valandraud is the result of considerable work of a passionate couple in the world of wine, Jean-Luc and Murielle Thunevin Andraud. After a great success in the Saint-Emilion as merchant, their ambition was to own their vineyards and to make their own wine.
In 1989, they bought a small plot of 0.6 hectares in the valley of Saint-Emilion between Pavie-Macquin and La Clotte. The name is both geographical (Val: Fongaban valley), sentimental (Andraud: Murielle name, which appears on the records of Saint-Émilion from 1459). Thus was born the Château Valandraud.
Gradually, Jean-Luc and his wife Thunevin acquired several parcels of vines, and now the area has a total area of 10 ha, mostly located in Saint Etienne de Lisse and very different soils, all in the Saint-Emilion appellation. This diversity of soils and grape varieties allows the development of two different wines: Château Valandraud, Virginie de Valandraud.
The choice of two wines is produced by assembling in March by a blind tasting by the owners with the help of our Master Blender, Rémi Dalmasso and a consultant oenologist Rolland Laboratory.
Everything is done so as to both traditional and modern: size double guyot, suckering, lifting, thinning, green harvesting. The harvest is manual, a first selection is made directly on the ground to pick only ripe clusters.
Reached the chai inspired "green" Jean Luc Thunevin, clusters are selected with the help of a new Tribaie before being sanded. The next step is to break the seeds. The must, rich and pure, is then passed into the fermentation tanks (wood and steel or concrete). Wine from Château Valandraud continues its path with pumping and pigeages.
At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, the new wine of Valandraud passed in oak barrels for nine 100% malolactic fermentation. Extractions are made at the end when needed and livestock to a variable length depending on the quality of the vintage, 18 to 30 months. In principle, no fining or filtration is performed before bottling our own Bottling Group and our employees.
Our teams are constantly looking for technical improvement….So much for the 2000 vintage, Jean-Luc Thunevin decided Tarping 1 hectare of vines Valandraud to limit the damage caused by the rains supported before the harvest. In response to the ban by the INAO to produce these wines under the appellation Saint-Émilion Grand Cru and their decommissioning Table Wine, Jean-Luc Thunevin chose the name The Non V. .. D. Of course, the wines produced in this vintage from non-tarped plots have kept their name and designation of origin: Château Valandraud Saint Emilion Grand Cru.
The prices obtained at the sale featured are close to those of Bordeaux first growths. Valandraud success has brought many vocations and the creation of an appellation "uncontrolled" Original: garage wine!
Château Valandraud was promoted to 1st Grand Cru Classé 2012 ranking of the great wines of Saint Emilion.