2001 Valandraud, St-Emilion

SKU #1013280 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As hard as it may be to believe, Valandraud's 2001 is better than their 2000...boasts a saturated plum/purple color as well as a sumptuously sweet nose of Varhona chocolate intermixed with espresso roast, blackberries, cherry jam, and currants. Full-bodied, opulent, voluptuously textured, pure, rich, and seriously endowed, this is a brilliant effort from Bordeaux's leading revolutionary. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020.  (6/ 2004)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright medium ruby. Enticing black raspberry and bitter chocolate aromas. Sweet, supple and broad but not at all over the top. Rich flavors of cocoa powder and spices. Today the wine's big, rich, chewy tannins are a bit stern, but the wine's length is impressive. Right-Bank Satellite Appellations and Others.  (6/ 2004)

Wine Spectator

 Modern, dark red with lots of new oak and black licorice character. Full-bodied, with a medium finish. Some might find this a little overdone with the oak, but it's impressive. Turns slightly short. Not as impressive as from barrel, but very good. Best after 2008.  (3/ 2004)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion