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.
"As hard as it may be to believe, Valandraud’s 2001 is better than their 2000. One of the great efforts from proprietors Murielle Andraud and Jean-Luc Thunevin, the 2001 Valandraud boasts a saturated plum/purple color as well as a sumptuously sweet nose of Varhona chocolate intertwined with espresso roast, blackberries, cherry jam, and currants. Full-bodied, opulent, voluptuously textured, pure, rich, and seriously endowed, this is a brilliant effort from Bordeaux’s leading revolutionary. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright medium ruby. Enticing black raspberry and bitter chocolate aromas. Sweet, supple and broad but not at all over the top. Rich flavors of cocoa powder and spices. Today the wine's big, rich, chewy tannins are a bit stern, but the wine's length is impressive.
International Wine Cellar
Big & Bold
Fabulous Bordeaux for the price ($119). Great nose, good beginning and better finish. Decant for at least one hour before drinking. No doubt the last sip was the best.