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

SKU #1257938 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)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The second wine of Château Valandraud, this is rich, spicy with great fruit and firm tannins. The wood aging is still showing but it will soon integrate better with the ripeness of the rich fruit. This wine has weight, plenty of black fruit and acidity. (RV)  (4/2018)

92 points Vinous

 The 2015 Virginie de Valandraud is a gorgeous, fleshy second wine endowed with real character. Black cherry, smoke, mocha, chocolate and licorice are nicely delineated in the glass. The 2015 needs at least a year or two in bottle to be at its best, as the tannins are a bit forbidding, especially for a second wine meant to be enjoyed in its youth. There is quite a bit to look forward to, once the wine comes together a bit more fully. (AG)  (2/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Virginie de Valandraud offers up red cherries and mulberries on the nose with florals and earth hints plus a touch of cinnamon. The medium to full-bodied palate is velvety and seductive with lovely expression and depth, finishing perfumed. (LPB) 91+  (2/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Lovely, with an open-knit, flattering display of plum sauce and creamed raspberry notes infused with light anise, cocoa and fruitcake hints. Ready to go. (JM, Web-2018)

90 points James Suckling

 At once fresh and mellow this is a prototypical St.-Emilion with plenty of depth and ripe blackberry fruit. Very satisfying now or in 2019 and 2020.  (2/2018)

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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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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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion