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Valandraud

2017 Valandraud

The 2017 Valandraud was 30% impacted by the frost on the lower reaches of vines, which were either deselected into the troisième vin or sold off. The wine was picked from 10 October and then sporadically over the next week, relatively late. It is matured in 100% new oak as usual. It has a very intense, voluptuous bouquet with layers of crème de cassis, boysenberry and blueberry fruit, a little glossier than I was anticipating, what you might call a “ravishing” nose. The palate is full-bodied with saturated tannin, rounded in texture with layers of black cherry, blueberry and cassis fruit. This is a bold Valandraud that shrugs off the effects of the frost and goes full-throttle towards the finish whilst maintaining sufficient freshness and tension that it never palls in the mouth. Drink 2022-2042

Score: 92-94               Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2018

CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
Vintage2017
WineryValandraud
ColourRed
AvailabilitySpring 2020
DutyEP
AppellationSt Emilion
PackagingOWC
Price: £1,180.00



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