Château Valandraud 2019 (750ml)

Château Valandraud 2019 (750ml)

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Rich and dramatic, the 2019 Valandraud bursts with aromas of berry fruit, plums and licorice, framed by a lavish but far from exaggerated application of creamy new oak. Full-bodied, fleshy and sensual, it's broad and enveloping, its lavish core of fruit framed by ripe, polished tannins and succulent balancing acids. Seamless and integrated despite its ripe, hedonistic style, this has turned out beautifully and has the balance to perform well for at least two decades, even if there's no youthful asperity to preclude near-term enjoyment. William Kelley, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2019 Valandraud remains deep in color and yes, the bouquet marches out of the glass with its upfront, precocious aromas of black cherry and boysenberry fruit, plus touches of pressed violet crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied, complex and harmonious, with fine, very supple tannins, a keen line of acidity and a slightly creamy textured finish. As I mentioned in my previous note, it belongs within the top tier of Right Bank wines in this vintage. Neal Martin, Vinous

The 2019 Valandraud is sensational. Stunning in its delineation and with sheer energy, the 2019 dazzles right out of the gate. Dark red/purplish berry fruit, mocha, new leather, licorice and lavender all come alive in the glass. In 2019, Valandraud is a towering, statuesque wine that captures all the best the vintage had to offer. I tasted the 2019 three times and it was magnificent on all three occasions. It is a tremendous effort from Jean-Luc Thunevin and his Murielle Andraud. What a wine! Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Classification: Saint-Émilion Premier Grand Cru Classé B

Region: Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France

Grape Varietal: 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon

Critic Rating: Robert Parker Wine Advocate 96 Points, Vinous (NM) 97 Points, Vinous (AG) 97+ Points

Suggested Drink Window: 2021 - 2041