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Valandraud 2023


Case Format: 6x75cl

Drinking Window: 2054.0

Promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classe in 2012, Château Valandraud has a short, but dense history. As one of the pioneers of the 90s “garagiste” movement, Valandraud has humble beginnings. Starting at just 0.6 hectares in size, the wine was being made in the garage of owners Jean-Luc Thunevin and Marielle Andraud, of which the movement gets its name. Founded in 1989, Valandraud has grown over the last 30 years to 8.8 hectares in size, and has continued to receive much critical acclaim, with notable appreciation from Robert Parker.
Located North East of Saint-Émilion town, the estate benefits from a warm and fresh climate, which has helped to cultivate the wines acidity and lively, fruity aromas. Its vineyards are planted on a clay-limestone terroir, and comprise Merlot (c.65%), Cabernet Franc (c.25%), Malbec (c.4%) and Carmenere (c.1%). The final blend is matured in 100% French oak for between 18-30 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage.

£540.00 IN BOND


Jeb Dunnuck

The Grand Vin 2023 Château Valandraud checks in as a blend of 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is the most Cabernet Sauvignon ever in the blend. Raised in new barrels, pure cassis, mulberries, spicy oak, chocolate, and graphite are just some of the nuances here, and this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a deep, layered, yet elegant mouthfeel, fine tannins, and a great finish. Its a big, rich, undeniably sexy wine in the vintage that will be drinkable with just short-term cellaring.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2023 Valandraud has a deep garnet-purple color. It needs some patient swirling to bring out fragrant notes of star anise, Indian spices, cedar chest, and fragrant soil, giving way to a core of plum preserves and blackberry pie. Full-bodied, concentrated, and built like a brick house, it has firm, chewy tannins and bags of freshness, finishing very long and opulent. This will take some time to come around, yet should be a very long-lived Valandraud! The blend is 84% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Cabernet Sauvignon with a pH of 3.5. It is aging in 100% new oak barrels. The alcohol is 15%.


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