It all started in 1989 when Jean-Luc Thunevin and wife/sidekick Murielle Andraud acquired a small parcel of 0,6 ha in the small valley of Saint Emilion city, between Pavie- Macquin and La Clotte. And in 1991 the adventure of Château Valandraud was launched.
Since then they have bought more vineyards and properties in close by locations such as Saint-Sulpice –de-Faleyrens or Saint-Etienne-de-Lisse. 3 de Valandraud is a genuine introdcution to the delicate work done by our team in Château Valandraud or Clos Badon.
The 3 de Valandraud cuvée is a true Saint Emilion Grand Cru, from our local vineyards and vinified to be enjoyed up to 8 years after the bottling.
Technical information :
Surface : 4.5 ha
Soils : clayey limestone, sand and gravels
Grape varieties: 65 % Merlot, Cabernet Franc 30 %, Cabernet Sauvignon et Malbec 5% Vinification in thermoregulated stainless steel tanks
Average age of the vines : 25 years
Ageing 18 mois in new barrels
Average production : 35 000 bouteilles
Tasting notes :
The 2015 "3" de Valandraud, the troisième wine of Château Valandraud, has a delineated, precise bouquet with cassis and violets. It is more intense than you would expect, though I am not sure I agree with Jean-Luc that 100% new oak adds anything to the wine. The palate is well defined and cohesive, very smooth, so much so that it could slip down the throat with ease. There is something nonchalant and endearing about this modest wine and it should give easy-drinking pleasure.
The Wine Advocate
Jancis Robinson: 16.5/20
Jancis Robinson : 16/20
Wine Spectator : 89/100
Wine Spectator : 90/100
Bernard Burtschy: 91/100 Millésime 2011
Wine Spectator : 86-88/100 Millésime 2015
Wine Advocate : 88-90/100