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Valandraud Blanc

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In 2000, decision was made to strat growing a vineyard with traditionnal Bordeaux white grapes, near Château Valandraud’s own vineyard. New challenge? Here we come !

Debut vintage was 2003, made under the watchful supervision of Murielle Andraud, who is fully in charge of the white cuvées. Averything is thought with one goal in mind : creating the best possible Bordeaux white wine , through a « haute couture »

The first vintages of this cuvée have been sold with another label « Blanc de Valandraud N°1 » before being revamped in Valandraud blanc

Blending may vary according to vintage.

 

Technical information :

Surface : 2 ha
Soil : clayey limestone
Grape varieties : Sauvignon blanc 50 %, Sauvignon gris 15 % , Semillon 35 % Platation in 2000
Vinification : manual harvest (3 episodes wiht sorting), cold storage pressoir Fermentation in barrels and tanks
Ageing « sur lies » 10 to 12 months
Ageing : 70 % new barrels , 30% 1 wine barrels
Production : 3 000 bottles

 

Tasting notes :

The Chateau Valandraud 2016 Blanc is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Gris, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Sémillon matured in 70% new oak with some larger oak vessels. It was difficult to actually get past some reduction on the nose and discern the fruit profile here. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, well integrated new oak, quite tensile with good acidity although I feel that the 2015 last year showed a little more complexity and tension. Still, this is a delicious white Valandraud.

Neal Martin
The Wine Advocate

 

Notes :

Vintage 2010 :
Jancis Robinson : 17/20 Bettane & Desseauve: 18 /20 Wine Spectator :90- 93/100 James Suckling.com : 95/100

Vintage 2011 :
Wine Spectator : 88 -91

Vintage 2012 :
Wine Spectator :90-93

Vintage 2013 :
Wine Spectator : 93/100

Vintage 2014 :
Wine Spectator : 94/100

Vintage 2015 :
Wine Advocate : 91-93/100

Vintage 2016 :
Wine Advocate : 90-92/100 Wine Spectator 89-92/100

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