2011 Valandraud 4 in a row from Jean Luc Thunevin, Murielle Andraud



2011 Valandraud Since Murielle Andraud became responsible for the wines of Valandraud, they have been a roll with their St. Emilion wines. 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Valandraud are all strong efforts. 2011 Valandraud, produced from an assemblage of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the 2011 Valandraud will be aged in 100% new oak and reached 14.5% alcohol. From yields that average of 32.5 hectoliters per hectare, the wine is deep in color with licorice, black cherry, smoke and oak scents that open to a finesse style of Valandraud. Lush in texture, the wine ends with an opulent, sweet, ripe black cherry finish. 93-95 Pts

2011 Virgine de Valandraud – An assemblage of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon produced a 2011 Valandraud that will be aged in 100% new oak. Coffee bean, licorice and black cherry are found in this medium-bodied wine with a ripe, sweet, supple black cherry-filled finish. This will be a fun wine to drink young. 89-91 Pts

2011 Valandraud 3 de Valandruad – 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon make up the blend that is to be aged in 50% new oak with the remainder aged in tank. Medium bodied with an earthy, cherry personality. 88-89 Pts

2011 Clos Badon Thunevin – 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc create the blend. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol and will be aged in 100% new oak.  Deep in color with oak, toast, vanilla, jammy blackberry and earth in the nose, the wine is polished, lush and round, but there is a bit too much oak in the supple-textured finish that still needs to come together. 88-90 Pts

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