2015 Virginie de Valandraud, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1257938 93-94 points James Suckling

 Wow. This is really excellent with blackberry, blueberry and asphalt aromas and flavors. Full and powerful. Yet racy and pretty. Tiny production.  (3/2016)

92-94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. Concentrated, rich and ripe, this wine has dark spice tones and a fine structure that shows ample acidity and a dense fruit character. A blend from a selected Valandraud vineyard parcels, it is rich, juicy and opulent. (RV)  (5/2016)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Virginie De Valandraud is a gem made from 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, brought up all in new barrels. This beauty is loaded with notions of ripe black raspberries, cassis, and toasty oak, and hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, sweet tannin, and a great finish. It’s not the most intellectual wine, yet ticks all the right hedonistic pleasure boxes and is perfect for drinking over the coming 10-15 years.  (11/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Virginie de Valandraud is matured in 100% new oak, according to Jean-Luc Thunevin. It has an intense, quite powerful bouquet with red cherries intermingling with blueberry and candied orange peel. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a 'juicy' Virginie with plenty of puppy fat, but the oak feels nicely integrated and does not obscure its personality on the silky, sensual finish. Perhaps on reflection, I would have liked, say 80% new oak instead of 100%, but why let figures get in the way of this Saint Émilion that should be enjoyed over the next decade. (NM)  (4/2016)

90-92 points Vinous

 The 2015 Virginie de Valandraud is laced with the essence of crushed rocks, smoke, graphite, crème de cassis and grilled herbs. Powerful, tense and vibrant, the Virginie is far from an easygoing second wine. Readers should expect to give the 2015 at least a few years in bottle, as it is quite intense. (AG)  (4/2016)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Very juicy and engaging, with plum and raspberry notes laced with sweet toast and backed by a red licorice edge. Fleshy structure carries the finish. (JM, Web Only-2016)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2016 | Send Email
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85% merlot, 10% Sab Franc, 5% Cab Sauv. An outstanding second wine that is smooth and elegant on the palate. Very sweet with a long finish. How come these wines taste so good so soon? Excellent buy and value.
Drink from 2019 to 2025

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Saint Emilion