2007 Valandraud 75CL
Tasted blind at the Valandraud vertical at the property, the 2007 Valandraud was a big surprise given that this is supposed to be an off-vintage. It has a rounded and opulent bouquet, especially considering the growing season, with quite precocious kirsch, mulberry and cassis scents interlaced with cigar box and smoke aromas. You ask yourself whether there is any Cabernet Franc here and the answer is none - the 2007 is 100% Merlot.
The palate is medium-bodied with fine delineation, precise and elegant with wild strawberry and raspberry fruit that is seamlessly integrated with the oak. Considering this is a 2007, this is just a beautifully crafted wine that is probably à point, though shows absolutely no sign of any decline. Tasted December 2016.
Once 'garagiste', now a First Classified Growth, Château Valandraud is the main achievement of a wine obsessed couple, Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Château Valandraud was born in 1991 on vineyard bought with all the couple's savings. This small vineyard is situated in the Fongaban Valley, in the Pavie Macquin / La Clotte neighbourhood and this is where 'Valandraud' comes from: 'Val' (Valley) + 'Andraud (Murielle's family name, which appears on the Saint Emilion's registry since 1459).
Excellence is also reached by combining tradition, innovation and respect of the environment. This is the way they have chosen to work for now over 10 years, paving the way to what is now better known as 'biocontrol'. Each vintage is the sum of all the dedication and hard work done by a whole team to offer you the best of its abilities. Château Valandraud has thus earned kudos from both professional critics and amateurs. The wine is regularly acclaimed for its harmonious complexity, its depth and intensity, but also for its display of fruit, its freshness, velvety texture and finesse.
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