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Chateau Valandraud (Futures Pre-sale) 2012

Bordeaux Red Blends from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
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WE 97
Wine Enthusiast
Promoted to Saint-Emilion's elite Premier Grand Cru Classé category, Valandraud's 2012 shows both a mineral character and intense acidity to go with the smooth and beautiful black currant fruits. Power and elegance.
Barrel Sample: 95-97 Points
WS 94
Wine Spectator
This is well-endowed, with thick, velvety layers of crushed fig, boysenberry and blackberry fruit that meld with racy graphite notes. Lots of licorice root and alder accents line the finish, giving the fruit a textural contrast. The length lets everything sail on. A beauty. Best from 2017 through 2030.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The flagship wine from Jean-Luc Thunevin and his partner, Murielle, the 2012 Valandraud is a classic St.-Emilion. Its opaque ruby/purple color is accompanied by notes of camphor, charcoal, black currants, black raspberries, chocolate and espresso. The oak, acidity and ripe tannin are all well-integrated. Another over-performer from this couple, it should drink nicely for 12-15 years.
Barrel Sample: 90-93 Points
JS 92
James Suckling
A dense wine for the vintage with layers of fruit and tannins. Full body, with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Ripe and pretty.
Barrel Sample: 91-92 Points
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Chateau Valandraud

Chateau Valandraud

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Chateau Valandraud, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
2012 (Futures Pre-sale)
Château Valandraud is represented by the passion of a couple: Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Following the great success with the wine merchant business in Saint Emilion, they opened their own vineyard to produce their own wine.

In 1989, they bought a small parcel of 0.6 hectare (1.48 acres) located in a small valley near Saint Emilion between Pavie-Macquin and La Clotte. The origin of the wine name is as much geographic (Val: Vallon de Fongaban), as sentimental (Andraud: Murielle’s maiden name). Thus Château Valandraud was born.

Little by little, Jean-Luc and his wife purchased several other parcels of vines, and now, the domain represents a total surface of 10 hectares (24.71 acres), located in various areas of Saint Emilion. The diversity of soils and varietals permit the production of 6 different wines: Château Valandraud, Château Valandraud Casher, Virginie de Valandraud and the 3 de Valandraud (the second wine of Château Valandraud and Virginie de Valandraud), Blanc de Valandraud N° 1 and N° 2.

The final blending of the various parcels occurs in the month of March, following a blind tasting with the help of the world famous oenologist, Michel Rolland.

JOBVALAND_2012 Item# 124720