2015 Valandraud, St-Émilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201342 98-99 points James Suckling

 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.  (3/2016)

96-98 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a sumptuous wine, with dark tannins and powerful fruits. It is concentrated and dense, with sweet acidity, fine spice and luscious berry flavors that are framed by fine, lasting tannins.

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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. (NM)  (4/2016)

94-97 points Wine Spectator

 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. (Web Only—2016)

93-96 points Vinous

 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. (AG)  (4/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark purplish crimson. Dried-fruit nose. Very sweet and opulent on palate entry. Slightly astringent on the palate - almost an amphora effect! Interesting. Definitely distinctive.  (4/2016)

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2016 | Send Email
Valendraud- Wow! Super ripe, exotic, big juice with very impressive tannins under control. 2 Stars! Ralph Sands

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2016 | Send Email
The top wine in Jean Luc Thunevin's stable of right bankers. Known for the garagist movement of the 90s, the wines from Jean Luc are definitely on the bigger, more modern style. But these days they are much better balanced and less extracted. This is a big wine with some big scores. Extremely perfumey black fruit aromas with a splash of boysenberry thrown in. Super focused with great texture on the palate. Great value here-could be 100 points someday. 85% merlot.
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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Saint Emilion