Valandraud St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Everything about Valandraud St. Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classe B Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Valandraud History, Overview

Valandraud is the home property of Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Before they became Bordeaux winemakers, Jean-Luc was a successful Bordeaux wine merchant. That all changed in 1989. That was the year when he and Murielle bought a small, 0.6 hectare plot of vines situated close to Chateau Pavie Macquin and Chateau La Clotte in St. Emilion. This was soon followed by another purchase further east, in St. Suplice, where they obtained 1.2 additional hectares of vines.

Valandraud takes its name from a combination of its location and from something more personal. The Val comes from Vallon de Fongaban, where the vines are planted. The second part is from Andraud, the last name of Murielle. Today, all their wine is made entirely by Murielle. If you did not know, Murielle is also one of the finest chefs in the Right Bank. I can personally vouch for that!

Jean-Luc Thunevin earned the sobriquet of the Bad Boy of St. Emilion for doings his way, when he thought it was right. For the 2002 vintage, Jean-Luc covered 2 hectares of the Valandraud and Clos Badon Thunevin vineyards with plastic sheets to prevent potential water damage from the expected rain before harvest. The INAO forbade the wine to be sold under the St. Emilion Grand-Cru appellation banner. The entire harvest was declassified as Table Wine and the original wine name could not be used on these  bottles. Jean-Luc renamed them L’Interdit de V…D and L’Interdit de B…N  T…N. The forbidden wine of… Now, that’s a very bad boy! Of course, the wines produced from the parcels which were not covered were allowed to be sold with the Valandraud name and appellation.

Thunevin was one of the first negociants and chateau owner to recognize the growing potential of the Asian market, especially in Japan and China. A large percentage of Valandraud is exported to the Chinese marketplace and in several other, Asian countries as well today.

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Valandraud started off as a small St. Emilion winery. In fact, their debut vintage produced a scant 100 cases of wine. This was the birth of the “Garage Wine” movement. Having almost no money, and not owning a cellar of their own, the wine was made in a borrowed garage. Things have changed since those early days. They own a winery, in the village of St. Emilion. Over the years, Jean Luc and Murielle have increased holdings due to continued purchases of vineyard land.

Valandraud Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

Valandraud has 10 hectares of vines. 8 hectares are devoted to plantings for the red varieties. The vineyards for the red wine grapes are planted to 70 % Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and small portions of Malbec and Carmenere. 2 hectares are devoted to the production of white Bordeaux wine grapes, which are planted as follows: 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Gris.

The parcels are located in various areas in Saint Emilion. Valandraud produces red and white wine. For the red wine, the terroir varies, but the best soils consist of clay and limestone. At Valandraud, they are one of the few Saint Emilion estates to include some plantings of all five, Bordeaux grape varieties; Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Carmenere. For the white wines, they have plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris. By 1995, Valandraud was well on its way, as they were now producing world class wine, with a price to match.

For the red wines, there are a few different wines that come from Thunevin. The red wines are; Valandraud, Virginie de Valandraud, (Which made its debut in 1992) and 3 de Valandraud. 3 de Valandraud is produced from declassified fruit from Valandraud and Virginie de Valandraud. Murielle Andraud is also in charge of producing two of the top white wines from the Right Bank, Blanc de Valandraud N° 1 and N° 2.

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At Valandraud, for the production of their wine, they use a combination of traditional and modern techniques. In their Saint Emilion vineyards they practice double Guyot pruning, de-suckering and green harvesting. All their fruit is harvested by hand. A first sorting takes place in the vineyards. After the grapes reach the cellar, the fruit receives a second hand sorting before destemming.

Valandraud is vinified in a combination of temperature controlled, wooden vats. stainless steel and concrete vats. The fermentation vessel varies, depending on the wine. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is aged in 100% new, French oak barrels for between 18-30 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage.

Serving and Decanting Valandraud with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Valandraud is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might also need decanting, for both aerating and to remove the sediment. Valandraud is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

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The best vintages of Valandraud: are 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2004, 2000, 1998 and 1995, The style of Valandraud is a  wine of purity, richness, low acidity, concentration, opulent textures and silky tannins, coupled with ripe dark berries, cherries, licorice and chocolate flavors.

Until recently, the earlier vintages of Valandraud, 1998 and older were the wineries high point. That is no longer the case. The 2008 was outstanding and the 2009 appears to be on track to be the finest wine the property has ever produced. The 2010 is as good or even better! Today, Murielle Andraud is in charge of wine making for the property. She has been fully in charge since the 2008 vintage. In 2007, she made the wines, but with help. Since that wine, as we mentioned, the wine of Valandraud has never been better. In fact, in recognition of their incredible quality they have been producing over the years, Valandraud was upgraded in the official 2012 St. Emilion Classification to Premier Grand Cru Classe B. Starting with the 2012 vintage, Jean Luc Thunevin began producing a small amount of Valandraud in 10 cl, (Centiliters) about 3.4 ounce, test tube shaped bottles.

Aside from their red wine, the estate also produces an outstanding white wine, Blanc de Valandraud N° 1 and N° 2. The style of the white wines are unique. They are filled with lemon, lime, floral and minerality characteristics, along with ample freshness. But so little is made, they are is impossible to find. In addition, they also produce Valandraud Casher, Virginie de Valandraud and the 3 de Valandraud which is the third wine of Valandraud, Clos Badon Thunevin and Bad Boy. Thunevin also has property in Margaux as well as in Pomerol. Aside from being a busy wine maker and successful wine merchant, and negociant, Jean Luc Thunevin is also a well-known consultant who works with numerous estates in the Left Bank as well as in the Right Bank.

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Château Valandraud Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Inky in color, the wine shoots out of the glass with spring flowers, licorice, smoke, boysenberry and cigar box. Rich, fleshy, supple with velvet-textured tannins, the wine is long, concentrated, deep and sweet. The dark fruit, licorice and plum liqueur finish has freshness and length. Made from a blend of 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, reaching 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.5. The harvest took place October 8 to October 20.

      97 points - Tasted
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  2. 2016 Virginie de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Freshness is right out in front, racing the ample fruit for attention on the nose and on the palate. The wine easily sells its smoky, tobacco, licorice, dark red berry and cocoa aura. Soft tannins, sweet black plum, blackberry and a fruit-a-lious finish are the name of the game.

      93 points - Tasted
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  3. 2016 Blanc de Valandraud ( Bordeaux)

    1. Produced from a blend of 50% Sauvignon Gris, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, honeysuckle and assorted flowers are the first thing you notice. The wine is round, with concentrated, fresh citrus and sweet pomelo, this is refreshing and fresh. The green apple in the finish adds a nice characteristic.

      92 points - Tasted
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  4. 2016 Virginie de Valandraud Blanc ( Bordeaux)

    1. Loads of yellow citrus, honeysuckle and lemon peel. Sweet, round and open, with juicy, fresh citrus in the nose and on the palate.

      90 points - Tasted
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  5. 2015 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Inky in color, with purple accents to the rim, this wine has an amazing effect on your mouth and your mind with its concentrated display of sensuously textured, ripe, dark plums, spice, smoke, licorice, incense and espresso bean. Silk, purity and freshness create the finish. Using 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5%, Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine reached a pH of 3.6. The harvest took place October 1 to October 12.

      97 points - Tasted
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  6. 2015 Blanc de Valandraud ( Bordeaux)

    1. From a blend of 40% Sauvignon Gris, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, the wine is equally rich, fresh, lively and filled with crisp, yellow citrus fruits, green apple and vanilla bean notes. The wine delivers a fresh blast of pomelo and honeysuckle in the finish.

      92 points - Tasted
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  7. 2015 Virginie de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Luscious, ripe fruits, supple textures and a blast of rich, juicy, sweet plums and oak get your attention and hold it there.

      91 points - Tasted
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  8. 2015 Valandraud 3 de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Vanilla bean, coffee, licorice and black cherries on the top, with freshness to the fruit and a lingering, polished, fennel and plum finish.

      89 points - Tasted
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  9. 2014 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. With plump, luxurious, black cherries and boysenberry notes which grab you as soon as you get close to the glass, this wine is full bodied, concentrated, fleshy and there is a fresh, supple quality to the dark cocoa, licorice and ripe fruits in the finish. Valandraud has been on quite a run for the last several years. 94-95 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  10. 2014 Blanc de Valandraud ( Bordeaux)

    1. Fresh, bright, crisp, and packed with just squeezed grapefruit, lemons, lime and green apples, with a bit of vanilla and honey to top things off. The wine combines freshness with ripe sweet fruits that is long and refreshing. 92 Pts

      92 points - Tasted
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  11. 2014 Virginie de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Juicy, forward and luscious, this wine delivers a blast of sweet, ripe, round fruit with a vanilla inflection in every sniff and sip. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  12. 2014 Valandraud 3 de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Ready to drink, this crowd-pleaser serves up sweet, black raspberries and coffee bean charm. 87-88 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  13. 2013 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Flashing one of the deepest colors in this vintage, the wine showcases sweet chocolate-covered black raspberry, licorice, smoke and oak. Plush, rich boysenberry, licorice and cocoa, with an exotic note of orange rind in the finish. Made from 100% Merlot, the wine reached 14% alcohol with a pH of 3.5. The wine was produced from yields of 32 hectoliters per hectare. Only 40% of the harvest was used in Valandraud. 92-94 Pts

      93 points - Tasted
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  14. 2013 Virginie de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Oak, licorice, chocolate and cherries are followed by a medium/full-bodied, fresh blast of plum and oak. 88-90 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  15. 2013 Valandraud 3 de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Ruby in color with coffee, light red berries and a forward, open, easy-to-like personality. 87-89 Pts

      87 points - Tasted
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  16. 2012 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. This beauty is pure, silky and velvet drenched. With a potent brew of espresso bean, chocolate, dark cherry liqueur, blue fruit and earthy essences. The wine is rich, deep and long. Give it some time to develop secondary notes and enjoy the ride.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Murielle Andraud has been in charge of the Bordeaux winemaking at the property since 2007. She is clearly on a roll! One of the deepest colored wines of the vintage, truffle, spicy oak, chocolate and black raspberry jam notes are impossible not to notice. Lush, rich and sexy with an opulent, flashy personality, this is one of the top wines from St. Emilion in 2012. 94-96 Pts

      95 points - Tasted
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  17. 2012 Virginie de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Oak, vanilla and red with black fruits, round textures, this wine is tannic with some dryness in the finish. 89-91 Pts

      89 points - Tasted
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  18. 2012 Valandraud 3 de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Light ruby in color with wine that opens with earth cherry scents, medium body and a light red berry finish. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  19. 2011 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Produced from an assemblage of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, the wine 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. 92-94 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  20. 2011 Virginie de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. An assemblage of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine is 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

      90 points - Tasted
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  21. 2011 Valandraud 3 de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Valandraud 3 de Valandruad – 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon make up the blend that is aged in 50% new oak with the remainder aged in tank. This easy to like wine offers sweet cherry and earth in a forward style that is best enjoyed in its youth. 88-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
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  22. 2010 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Valandraud Murielle Andraud has been in charge of the wine making at the property since 2007. Each vintage has shown marked improvements over the previous year. 2010 is no exception. She is clearly on a roll! With a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 14.5% alcohol. Coupled with a low pH of 3.55, the wine feels bright and fresh, with no sensation of heat. Displaying an intense, inky black, purple hue, the powerful perfume jumps from the glass with complex aromas of stone, licorice, dark berries, truffle and oak. This dense, rich, concentrated wine is filled with sexy, ripe fruit that stains your palate. Sweet boysenberry, blue fruit and licorice are sensed in the long, fresh, harmonious, sweet, ripe finish. This is most compelling wine I’ve tasted from Valandraud yet! 96-98 Pts

      97 points - Tasted
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  23. 2010 Valandraud 3 de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Valandraud 3 de Valandruad While the name 3 de Valandruad implies this is the third wine of Valandraud, it’s actually the second wine of Valandraud. The name comes from an inside joke of Jean Luc Thunevin. Ripe dark berries, licorice, supple textures, sweet black raspberry and an anise filled finish are the signatures of this wine. 89-91 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  24. 2009 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. This is pure bottled sex! With the texture of spun velvet, silky tannins and fruit that gushes its sweet, juicy flavors, this is not a wine of contemplation. It is a wine that offers pure, unbridled pleasure. Concentrated with perfectly, ripe, sweet, black and blue fruits, there is the right amount of vibrancy to give it lift and life, keeping it interesting.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. This sexy wine explodes with licorice, espresso, chocolate covered boysenberries, cherry, blueberry and earthy aromas. Pure, opulent and incredibly rich, there is a not a hard edge to be found in this decadent tasting experience.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. A flamboyant nose of licorice, black raspberry jam, spice, pepper, chocolate, blueberry, vanilla and cloves introduce the wine. On the palate, this sensuous wine is dense, rich, concentrated and plush in texture. The wine finishes with layers of licorice, vanilla and blackberry jam. Tasted within days of bottling, once this wine has settled in, it will probably earn a higher score.

      96 points - Tasted
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    4. 2009 Valandraud is deep, dark ruby with purple tints. This pungent wine offers aromas of fresh picked flowers, jammy blackberries, licorice, black raspberries, kirsch, coffee, and black cherries. This Valandraud is a richly textured, full bodied wine concentrated with pure ripe fruit. The long, clean, powerful finish offers freshness, paired with cherry and blackberry flavors. The best Valandraud since the stellar 1995. 95-97 Pts

      96 points - Tasted
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  25. 2009 Virginie de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. This offers an attractive, licorice, floral, blackberry jam, coffee scented perfume, round textures and a supple, chocolate covered dark jammy berry finish. This should deliver a lot of charm early.

      91 points - Tasted
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  26. 2009 Blanc de Valandraud No. 1 ( Bordeaux)

    1. Seductive notes of pineapple, spice, flowers, vanilla and citrus blend with silky, fresh fruits to create a refreshing, rich, white Bordeaux.

      90 points - Tasted
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  27. 2008 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Rich, fat, juicy sweet, dark red fruits, fennel, wet earth, cocoa and smoke create the nose. Luscious textures, weight, length and complexity are found in the finish. The wine needs more time to really start showing its best, as it's still hanging on to some of its primary characteristics.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Licorice, jammy black fruits, coffee, truffle and roasted black cherries. This flamboyant, opulent, hedonistic wine can easily be described as licorice coated sex. This wine is already offering layers of liquid pleasure. The first vintage produced completely by Murielle Andraud is a great success.

      95 points - Tasted
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    3. 08 Valandraud is deeply colored, and displays purple accents. Oak, licorice, jammy black fruit, chocolate, caramel, and floral notes pervade the nose. This ripe, lush, full bodied wine pairs opulence with finesse. 2008 marks the first vintage made exclusively by Murielle Andraud. From this vintage on, Murielle is calling all the shots at Valandraud. It will be interesting to see what changes she may or may not make in the wines there. 93-95 Pts

      94 points - Tasted
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  28. 2008 Virginie de Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. 08 Virgine Valandraud, named for the daughter of Jean-Luc and Murielle Thunevin, is medium bodied with a jammy, blackberry, oak, coffee, and licorice nose. The wine has a good attack, but it trails off slightly in the finish. 90-92 Pts

      90 points - Tasted
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  29. 2007 Blanc de Valandraud No. 1 ( Bordeaux)

    1. This clearly shows what a strong vintage 2007 is for White Bordeaux. Grapefruit, lemon, lime and assorted citrus scents make up the perfume. On the palate, the wine delivers a big, juicy mouth full of bright, citrus flavors that wakes up your palate. Very refreshing, finishing with a lot of fresh lemony flavors.

      93 points - Tasted
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  30. 2006 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. With an hour of air, the wine started to soften and display aromas of licorice, espresso, black cherry, boysenberry and truffle. There is a polish to the fruit coupled with a sense of purity that I liked, but the wine is on the structured, beefy side of the style range, which is typical of many 2006 Bordeaux wines. More time will add complexity and softness to the wine.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Licorice, smoke, chocolate covered cherries, vanilla and plum create the perfume. Silky, opulent and approachable, this polished, fleshy vintage of Valandraud is already fun to drink.

      92 points - Tasted
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    3. According to the owner, Jean-Luc Thunevin, this vintage marks the return to producing a more plush, opulent style of Valandraud. Focusing no riper fruit with with lower yields, this wine opens with scents of oak, ripe black fruit and exotic citrus accents. A long, spice filled finish ends with broad shouldered, but soft tannins.

      93 points - Tasted
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  31. 2005 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Lush, rich and silky, with layers of dark chocolate coated black cherry and plum, with truffle in the nose get you going. The intensity of plush, ripe fruit on the palate is even better as it coats your palate and expands.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. This stylish Bordeaux wine kicks off with a blast of licorice, spice, and blackberry liqueur fruit accented aromas. Very plush entry with an opulent, sexy finish filled with ripe plums, berries, chocolate and dark cherry flavors. This is polished, lush and sensuous.

      95 points - Tasted
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  32. 2004 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Probably past its peak, the medium bodied, soft wine seems to have lost some of its depth and fruit over the years. This requires drinking before it begins to truly fade away.

      90 points - Tasted
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    2. Licorice, bitter chocolate, boysenberry, plum and fresh herbs power the nose. Deep in color, looking younger than its true age, the wine is soft, round and silky, but the finish is clipped, cutting you off when you really want more.

      91 points - Tasted
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    3. Licorice, chocolate, black raspberries, plum and truffle on the nose. The wine is soft, lush and polished on the palate, finishing with a blast of dark chocolate covered cherries.

      92 points - Tasted
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    4. Still youthful in its color, the oak is fully integrated into the wine which kicks off with licorice, chocolate mint, truffle and smoky black raspberries. On the palate, the wine starts with rich, lush textures. The finish has some dryness, along with olive notes that take away from the overall experience and the beautiful, earthy, chocolate, black cherry flavors. Else this beautiful wine would have score higher. This is drinking great today and should improve for several more years. I'd probably drink it by the time the wine makes it to its 20th birthday.

      91 points - Tasted
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  33. 2003 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. This opens with coffee, jammy dark fruit, licorice, mineral and roasted berries. Already open for business, this round, supple wine delivers ample pleasure.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Layers of ripe, sexy, chocolate covered dark fruit caress your palate. Very silky and sexy. Licorice, jammy berry and sweet plums are found in the finish.

      93 points - Tasted
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  34. 2002 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. This earthy, plum and dark cherry wine is a success for the vintage. Soft on the palate and already showing well, this is a wine to drink on the young side.

      90 points - Tasted
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  35. 2001 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Just like Murielle Thunevin, this sensous Bordeaux wine keeps getting better with age. Filled with a rich, chocolate, licorice and ripe black, jammy fruit explosion. this opulent textured wine is for hedonists. Still young, this wonderful wine will get better with age.

      94 points - Tasted
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  36. 1999 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Fully mature, there is still ample, round textured, sweet, cherry, red and dark plum, paired with truffle and cocoa in this medium bodied wine to please the palate. But it's not a wine to keep for further development.

      92 points - Tasted
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    2. Smoke, truffle, licorice and black cherry jam scents are coupled with a medium/full bodied, soft textured St. Emilion wine. The round finish is filled with cassis and spicy black cherry with a hint of tartness. This is fully mature and will probably not improve. I’d drink this before over the next 5-8 years.

      91 points - Tasted
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    3. Big, bold, rich and opulent. Good aromatics. Ripe black fruits and licorice. The elegant textured finish was marred by a green note. (from under ripeness) in the end.

      91 points - Tasted
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  37. 1998 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Coffee bean, black cherry, plum, chocolate and fennel flavors lead to a sensually textured, St. Emilion that is already close to maturity.

      93 points - Tasted
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    2. The wine opens with truffle, earth, dark plums, coffee, anise and smoke filled aromatics. This elegant, rich stylish wine fills your mouth with ripe dark berries, licorice and sweet black cherry. Fully mature, this should drink well for at least another decade.

      94 points - Tasted
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    3. The aromatics displayed chocolate covered back and red fruits with an intriguing, light citrus accent. Big, rich, fat, and thick, with a very, sexy palate presence, this wine should add complexity with more time.

      94 points - Tasted
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    4. Big, rich, fat, thick and with a sexy palate presence. This is filled with silky ripe black fruit, licorice, floral and crushed stone elements. Full bodied, balanced and very stylish.

      94 points - Tasted
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  38. 1995 Château Valandraud ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    1. Filled with smoke, spice, truffle, crushed rock, dark plum and licorice coated blackberries with Cuban cigar tobacco, this opulent, energetic, sensuous wine coats your palate with an abundance of sweet black cherry and bitter chocolate. The wine kept improving in the glass for close to 2 hours. It might have kept improving, but I could not resist and finished it all. This is one of the top wines from 1995 from either bank.

      96 points - Tasted
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