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  • Country ranking ?

    448
  • Producer ranking ?

    2
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    from 2020

The Story

Because garage wines do not often grow in the best possible land, the vineyards must work twice as hard as others to reach top quality. Valandraud's cultivations are scattered around Saint-Emilion, which means that the soils are significantly different. Winemaker Dalmasso says: –We have plenty of choice in the blending stage. Only 20–30 per cent of our wines go to Château Valandraud, and the rest to Virginie de Valandraud and 3 de Valandraud.

We work as ecologically as possible, but unfortunately, a hundred per cent organic operation is not a realistic alternative due to the climate. Harvest method: hand picked Winemaking: grapes are stemmed manually, then bursted in ahand-crusher. Fermentation in oak vasts. Malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels

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Tasted in October 2016. Meaty and long, great structure and richness, very complex and refined, excellent depth and length, strong backbone. Impressive wine.

  • 96p
Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Opulent and intense nose with complex aroma reminiscent of balmy spices, ripe black cherries and blackberry jam, elegantly toasted oak, hints of fresh smoke. On the palate opulent and rich with excellent length, gorgeous with tempting character, velvety tannins and succulent fruit.
  • 98p
Deep colour. Intense dark cherry, dark chocolate, ginger, sweet fruit aromas. Rich dense, chocolaty, with brambly textures. Finishes long and minerally.  Very good. Generous and substantial yet with finesse and balance. 95 points 
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Origin

St.Emilion, St.Emilion

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  Château de Valandraud 2015  ( Château Valandraud )

Tasted in October 2016. Meaty and long, great structure and richness, very complex and refined, excellent depth and length, strong backbone. Impressive wine.

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 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  Château de Valandraud 2015  ( Château Valandraud )

"Deep colour. Intense dark cherry, dark chocolate, ginger, sweet fruit aromas. Rich dense, chocolaty, with brambly textures. Finishes long and minerally.  Very good. Generous and substantial yet with finesse and balance. 95 points "

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Château de Valandraud 2015  ( Château Valandraud )

"Dark purple red with violet hue and almost black core. Opulent and intense nose with complex aroma reminiscent of balmy spices, ripe black cherries and blackberry jam, elegantly toasted oak, hints of fresh smoke. On the palate opulent and rich with excellent length, gorgeous with tempting character, velvety tannins and succulent fruit. "

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château de Valandraud 2015  ( Château Valandraud )

"Deep ruby. Dark fruits, ripe, rich, intense nose. Blackberries, tobacco, minerals, floral notes far back, anise and chocolate. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, ripe, fruity, dark berries, some spices, juicy yet structured, long. 94-96
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