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Date Printed: 11/25/2014
Chateau Valandraud  2001
Chateau Valandraud 2001
(search item no. 107436)
boutique wine
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/25/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In 1989, Jean-Luc Thunevin and his wife Murielle Andraud acquire a small parcel of 0.6 hectare (1.48 acres) in the small Valley of Saint-Emilion between Pavie- Macquin and La Clotte. They produced and bottled their first vintage in 1991. Since then, they acquired other parcels and properties, in Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens, Saint-Emilion and Saint-Etienne de Lisse. Although the first wine critics called it a "garage wine," as Château Valandraud is not classified, it is considered by almost all wine professionals, Robert Parker included, as one of Bordeaux best wines.
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About Chateau Valandraud:

Château Valandraud is the fruit of an incredible amount of work done by a couple: Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud, passionated by the world of wines. Following the great success with their wine merchant business in Saint Emilion, they ambitioned to have their own vineyard and produce their own wine.

A combination of traditional and modern techniques are used at every step of the production: double Guyot pruning, de-suckering, thinning, green harvesting... The harvest is done manually, and lasts only a few days. A first grape sorting is done directly in the vineyard in order to pick only the ripest bunches. Once brought to the “organic” spirited cellar of Mr. Thunevin, the grapes are sorted one more time, before being de-stemmed. The following step consists in bursting the grapes. The very rich and pure must produced is run into the fermenting vats (wood, stainless steel or concrete). The winemaking of Château Valandraud takes place with regular pumping over and punching down of the cap. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, the new Valandraud cuvee is poured into 100% new French oak.