Born in 1992 as the second wine of Château Valandraud, Virginie de Valandraud is named after Jean–Luc ThunevIn and Murielle Andraud’s daughter.
Since 1997, and the ever increasing Thunevin vineyards in the Saint Emilion area, Virginie de Valandraud has developped its own identity while being grown and vinified the same way and by the same team in charge of Chateau Valandraud.
If Virginie de Valandraud may be seen as a second wine, it’s mainly because of its high quality standards but it has stepped out of its “big brother’s” shadow to rightfully become an independent cuvée.
Technical information :
Soil : clayey limestone
Grape varieties :65 % Merlot, Cabernet Franc 25 %, Cabernet Sauvignon 5 %, Malbec 4 % et Carmenère 1%
Average age of the vines: 30 ans
Manual harvest with several sorting including Tribaie technology Vinifications in thermoregulated stainless steel tanks
Ageing : 18 to 24 months in new barrels
Average Production : 50 000 bottles
Blending may vary according to vintage
Tasting Notes :
The 2015 Virginie de Valandraud is matured in 100% new oak, according to Jean-Luc Thunevin. It has an intense, quite powerful bouquet with red cherries intermingling with blueberry and candied orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a "juicy" Virginie with plenty of puppy fat, but the oak feels nicely integrated and does not obscure its personality on the silky, sensual finish. Perhaps on reflection, I would have liked, say 80% new oak instead of 100%, but why let figures get in the way of this Saint Émilion that should be enjoyed over the next decade.
The Wine Advocate
Vintage 2010 :
Wine Advocate 90/100
Wine Spectator : 92/100
Vintage 2011 :
Wine Spectator : 90/100
Vintage 2012 :
Wine Spectator : 89/100
Vintage 2014 :
Wine Advocate : 91/100
Vintage 2015 :
Wine Advocate : 90-92/100 Wine Specator : 89-92/100
Vintage 2016 :
Wine Advocate : 91-93/100