2015 Valandraud



The “fabulous” 98-99 point Chateau Valandraud 2015 is a small production, highly scored and sharply priced St Emilion.

 

The critics were clearly impressed. Neal Martin awarded 95-97 points, the Wine Spectator 94-97, and James Suckling a massive 98-99 points, placing the Valandraud above even fellow St Emilion Cheval Blanc according to his 2015 ratings.

 

A small garagiste operation with a cult following, output is low and this makes mature Valandraud always tough to find and it therefore a compelling option close to release if available.

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Average critic rating : 94.07 points

93-96

93-96

Deep, and beautifully layered, the 2015 Valandraud offers fabulous richness to match its seamless, alluring personality. Crème de cassis, blackberry jam, spice, licorice, menthol and lavender give the 2015 much of its unctuous feel. Silky tannins help reinforce an impression of opulence. As always, Valandraud is one of the most exotic, intense wines in Saint-Émilion, and yet, all the elements are very nicely woven together. The 2015 is 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, all fermented in barrel. Tasted two times. Apr 2016, www.Vinous.com

95-97

95-97

The 2015 Chateau Valandraud is founded upon Jean-Luc Thunevin's ever-reliable Merlot parcels, and this year the blend is augmented with 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has a glorious and damn irresistible bouquet of crème de cassis, blueberry, crushed violets and a scintilla of citrus fruit, all beautifully defined and very precise. In 2015 it is determined to put a gap between itself and the Virginie de Valandraud. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, creamy in texture but not in the slightest cloying. The acidity is well judged with layers of caressing black fruit towards a finish for which I could only deploy the word - nubile. This will be a stunning Valandraud to savor over the next couple of decades, though it will be difficult to resist temptation in its youth. Apr 2016, www.eRobertParker.com, Drink: 2022-2045

98-99

98-99

A fabulous Valandraud with verve and distinction. So much bright blackberry, mineral and dark chocolate character. Full and ultra-silky textured. Powerful and balanced finish. A joy to taste. Purity. Greatest Valandraud ever. 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Mar 2016, www.JamesSuckling.com

94-97

94-97

Displays beautiful fruit from the start, with cassis, raspberry and boysenberry notes moving together seamlessly, carried by a polished structure through the caressing finish. Seriously pure. Mar 2016, James Molesworth, www.WineSpectator.com

16

16

New label. Very dark crimson. Almost roasted nose seems rather vieux jeu. Salty and sweet. Pushed to the limit. Sweet and sour impression. Not one of my favourite styles but I'm sure it will find favour with some palates. Awfully demanding and dry on the end. Though it certainly is concentrated. Apr 2016, www.JancisRobinson.com, Drink: 2025-2040

94

94

85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe, bright and dense dark fruit and spice aromas. Layered fruit on the palate with a real vibrancy – lots of energy. Texture smooth and velvety and tannins extremely fine. Persistent finish. Tension as always but with ripe tannins and generous fruit to give it harmony. Apr 2016, James Lawther MW, www.Decanter.com, Drink: 2023-2040

91

91

Jean-Luc Thunevin has made an ambitiously structured Valandraud in 2015: rich, supple and super ripe with plenty of dark berry concentration, lashings of oak and sturdy tannins. Time will tell if there’s enough acidity to keep the wine fresh in bottle. Apr 2016, www.timatkin.com, Drink: 2022-2030



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Valandraud 2015
+£50.33     (+4.4%) Latest price:  £1,195.33
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