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.
"Dark ruby in color, with intense aromas of blackberry, mineral and dried lavender. Full-bodied, very dense and layered, with powerful tannins. This is big and very rich. A bodybuilder. Needs time. Best after 2016."
"This is one of the most riveting examples of Valandraud Jean-Luc Thunevin has made over the last fifteen years. Thunevin and his partner, Murielle Andraud (who has much of the responsibility for their brilliant Margaux, Marojallia), exhibit impeccable attention to detail, resulting in an inky/blue/purple-colored 2005 Valandraud boasting a sweet nose of melted chocolate, licorice, graphite, espresso roast, and copious quantities of black cherries and blackberries. Pure, layered, and full-bodied, with gorgeous integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol, and wood, this stunning effort will be drinkable in 7-8 years, and should keep for three decades."
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated, deep ruby-red. Very complex aromas of plum, mocha, iron and minerals, lifted by a floral topnote. Wonderfully lush and smooth in the mouth, with fully ripe flavors of black raspberry, currant, licorice and mocha perfectly supported by ripe acidity. This boasts terrific balance and somehow manages to hide its 14.5% alcohol. Finishes impressively long, with big but thoroughly ripe tannins. The pH here is a very reasonable 3.6, notes Jean-Luc Thunevin. A splendid vintage for Valandraud, and likely to evolve slowly."
International Wine Cellar