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Valandraud 1er Grand Cru Classé : depuis 2012

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In 1989, Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud became the proud owners of a small plot of land of 0,6 ha, in the valley of Saint Emilion, between Pavie Macquin and La Clotte. In 1991 they produced and bottled their first vintage. Since then, their estate portfolio has grown with properties in Saint Christophe des Bardes, Saint Sulpice de Faleyrens or Saint Etienne de Lisse.

In the early days, wine critics nicknamed this production « garage wine », but even as Château Valandraud had not –yet- entered the Saint Emilion classification, it was considered by most wine critics, including Robert Parker, as a major player in Bordeaux.

In 2012, Château Valandraud has been promoted as a 1st classified growth of Saint Emilion.

In 2017, Château Valandraud became a full member of Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux.


Technical information :

Surface: 8.88 hectares Soil : clayey limstone

Grape varieties 65 % Merlot, Cabernet Franc 25 %, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Malbec 4%, Carmenère 1%

Average age of the vines : 30 ans
Manual harvest, with several sorting

Vinification in thermo regulated stainless steel , concrete and wooden tanks , Malolactic fermentation in barrels.

Ageing: 18 to 30 months in new barrels Production: 35 000 bottles
Blending may differ according to vintage


Tasting notes :

2015 : The 2015 Chateau Valandraud is founded upon Jean-Luc Thunevin's ever- reliable Merlot parcels, and this year the blend is augmented with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a glorious and damn irresistible bouquet of crème de cassis, blueberry, crushed violets and a scintilla of citrus fruit, all beautifully defined and very precise. In 2015 it is determined to put a gap between itself and the Virginie de Valandraud. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, creamy in texture but not in the slightest cloying. The acidity is well judged with layers of caressing black fruit towards a finish for which I could only deploy the word - nubile. This will be a stunning Valandraud to savor over the next couple of decades, though it will be difficult to resist temptation in its youth.

Neal Martin
The Wine Advocate


Notes :

Vintage 2012 :
Wine Advocate: 95+/100 Wine Spectator: 94/100

Vintage 2013:
Wine Advocate : 90/100 Wine Spectator: 91/100

Vintage 2014 :
Wine Advocate 94/100 Wine Spectator : 95/100

Vintage 2015 :
Wine Advocate : 95-97/100 Wine Spectator: 94-97/100

Vintage 2016 :
Wine Advocate : 95-97/100 Wine Spectator : 96-99/100

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