Château Valandraud

Château Valandraud is the main achievement of a wine obsessed couple, Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Château Valandraud was born in 1991 on a 0.6 ha vineyard bought with all the couple’s savings.
This small vienyard is situated in the Fongaban valley, in the Pavie Macquin /La Clotte neighbourhood and this is where « Valandraud » comes from : Val ( valley) + Andraud ( Murielle’s family name, which appears on the Saint Emilion’s registery since 1459).

The 8.88 ha estate is now fully based on the clayey-limestone hills and slopes of Saint Etienne de Lisse, with an eclectic array of grape varieties : Merlot 65 %, Cabernet Franc 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Malbec 4%, Carmenère 1%.
The harvest is done manually, the grapes being first sorted by the harvest crew directly in the vineyard, they then go through another sorting : a densimetric one through Tribaie® upon their arrival in our cellar.
Stainless steel, wooden and concrete tanks are where the vinification process starts, with pigeage by hand, remontages, during a 3 weeks maceration.
Malolactic fermentation is done in barrels.
Ageing : 18 to 30 months in 100% new oak Blending varies with every vintage, as the result of the careful selection work done by our technical team in order to choose our best lots.
All along this process, there are also many tasting sessions led by Jean Philippe Fort and Michel Rolland.

An assimilated expertise

Excellence is also reached by combining tradition, innovation and respect of the environment. This is the way we have chosen to work for now over 10 years, paving the way to what is now better known as « biocontrol »

A « garagiste » turned First Classified Growth

Once « garagiste »
Now a First classified growth
What’s next ?

Creativity, innovation but let’s not forget knowledge and development.

It’s a matter of balance.

There is no great terroir without the man working on it

Jean-Luc Thunevin

A dream become true.

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    Harvest time.

    The grapes are hand picked at top maturity. The grapes are scrutinized daily in order to launch the harvest when they reach their top maturity. Being hand picked, they go through a direct first sorting in the vineyard. The grapes are collected in small crates and sent to our cellar where they go through a densimetric sorting, before starting the long process of vinification.

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    Ageing in new oak during 18 to 30 months.

    Vintage after vintage, our wine age peacefully in 100 % new barrels, in our temperature controled cellar. It’s then a game of trial and erro when it’s time to think about the bottling : the result of many tastings and possible belndings before the perfect blending is mature enough to be bottled.

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    Château Valandraud.

    Each vintage is the sum of all the dedication and hard work done by a whole team to offer you the best of its abilities. Château Valandraud has thus earned kudos from both professional critics and amateurs. Château Valandraud is regularly acclaimed for its harmonious complexity, its depth and intensity, but also for its display of fruit, its freshness, velvety texture and finesse.

Our team

A team at work

Dozens of employees are working all year long in the vineyard and cellars to create the new vintage. The team in charge of the vineyard’s leading man is Christophe Lardière, our vineyard manager. The team in charge of the vinification’s leading man is Rémi Dalmasso, our in house oenologist and cellar master. Each team has a direct connexion with Murielle Andraud and Jean-Luc Thunevin who oversee the complete work done in both the vineyard and the cellar.

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The irrepressible de facto head of the garagiste movement, Jean-Luc Thunevin, along with partner, Murielle Andraud, continue to achieve marvelous things at this estate, always pushing the envelope of quality.

Robert Parker




  • « So, this is the story of how one man and let’s not forget, one woman, changed the face of Bordeaux. It is a story with humble beginnings. »

    Neal Martin.

  • « Valandraud is one of the most interesting stories in Bordeaux. »

    Robert M. Parker, Jr.

  • « Thunevin still challenges the status quo, hoping to open Bordeaux to innovation and risk taking. »

    The Wine Spectator.

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« There is no great terroir without the man working on it ». Jean Luc Thunevin.


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Office hours : Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00

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Château Valandraud, F- 33330 Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse
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