Undurchsichtiges Purpur mit lila Rand. Was für ein Konzentrat! Reife Alpenheidelbeeren, Veilchenbouquet, Burley- Tabak. Im zweiten Ansatz eingemachtes Pflaumenmus und Tahiti-Vanille. Am dicht verwobenen Gaumen besticht dieser Kraftprotz mit engmaschigem fordernden Tanninkorsett, fleischigem Extrakt und seidiger Textur. Im gebündelten Finale ein langes blaubeeriges Crescendo mit exotischen Hölzern und parfümiertem Pfeifentabak. Das ist ganz grosses, modernes St.-Émilion-Kino mit gewaltigem Lagerpotenzial. Chapeau, Jean-Luc Thunevin!
Rich and dramatic, the 2019 Valandraud bursts with aromas of berry fruit, plums and licorice, framed by a lavish but far from exaggerated application of creamy new oak. Full-bodied, fleshy and sensual, it's broad and enveloping, its lavish core of fruit framed by ripe, polished tannins and succulent balancing acids. Seamless and integrated despite its ripe, hedonistic style, this has turned out beautifully and has the balance to perform well for at least two decades, even if there's no youthful asperity to preclude near-term enjoyment.
Vivid and focused with brightness and clarity of fruit. Dried flowers, too. Full-bodied with layers of fine, soft tannins that spread across the palate and show class and refinement. It goes on for minutes. A beautiful bottle. Try after 2027, but so attractive already.
SAS Thunevin | 6 rue Guadet BP 88 | 33330 Saint Emilion | Frankreich
Weitere Informationen über das Weingut Chateau Valandraud
Château Valandraud is the achievement reached by a wine obsessed couple, Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Once having succeeded in establishing a wine merchant company in Saint Emilion (still up and running), their wish was to own a vineyard and make their own wine. In 1989 they turned their dream into reality by buying a small plot in the Fongaban central area of Saint Emilion, between Pavie-Maquin and La Clotte. The name Valandraud is a pure creation mixing Val (as the 1st plot is based in the Fongaban Valley) and Andraud (family name of Murielle that can be traced back to 1459 in the Saint Emilion registry). Little by little, they bought several plots and now Château Valandraud’s 8.88 ha vineyard is fully based in Saint Etienne de Lisse. The technical team is constantly seeking technical improvements and all processes combine tradition and modernity, from the care of the vineyard to the harvest done by hand, first sorting being done during the hand picking of the ripe grapes. The harvest is then carried to the organic inspired cellar, and the grapes are once more sorted by a Tribaie. The fermentation takes place in different tanks : stainless steel, concrete and wood. Once the alcoholic fermentation is done, the newly born Valandraud goes in oak barrels (100% new for each vintage) to start the malolactic fermentation. The ageing is from then on a game of « wait and see taste » and lasts from 18 to 30 months. The bottling of the wine (non filtreted, non fined) is handled by the team and own bottling group. The success of Valandraud was an inspiration for many and created the infamous appellation known as «garage wines »! Château Valandraud has been promoted to 1st classified growth of Saint Emilion since vintage 2012, 21 years after its creation.