2015 Chateau Valandraud 3 De ValandraudBlend from France
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65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, with the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec – the vines average 30 year old. The grapes come from 4.5 ha of clay-limestone, gravelly soils....
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Very pretty with mineral and blackberry aromas and flavors. Medium, chewy and polished. Third wine of Valandraud.
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This wine has great black fruits and soft tannins. It is juicy, with intense acidity and dashes of pepper and spice. This is the third wine of Château Valandraud.
65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, with the remaining Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec – the vines average 30 year old. The grapes come from 4.5 ha of clay-limestone, gravelly soils. The wine is aged 18 to 20 months in 100% new oak barrels. About 2500 cases are produced. “It is a pleasant surprise to discover that Jean-Luc Thunevin, pioneer of garage wines, can produce, at an astonishing price, a wine that is as charming as it is subtle.” Eric Conan, L’Express. In 1989, Jean-Luc Thunevin and his wife, Murielle Andraud, acquired a small parcel of 0.6 hectare in the valley of Saint-Emilion, between Pavie-Macquin and La Clotte. And in 1991 the adventure of Valandraud began. Since then they acquired more properties in famous locations such as Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens and Saint-Etienne de Lisse. 3 de Valandraud is the second wine (declassified fruit) of Thunevin's famous Valandraud and Virginie de Valandraud. The wine is very representative of Thunevin's signature style: lush and opulent forward fruit, with a silken, smooth tannic structure. JL Thunevin uses 100% new oak. His philosophy on new oak is that there is a reason used barrels are cheap... new oak is better but if the oak is not well integrated, the winemaker is at fault, not the oak (the same way that if a steak is burned, you would blame the chef, not the meat). Farming practices: No herbicides have been used since the 90’ and only a small amount of pesticides is used. Thunevin ventured in biodynamie in 2001 but that proved too difficult for the climate.
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|Varietal(s)||Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec|
|Taste||currant, black cherry, plum, bell pepper, olive, oak, smoke, toast, tar, tobacco, raspberry, cassis, violet, pepper, green bean, blackberry, cherry, asparagus, spice, ginger, vanilla, earth, green and mocha|
|Nose||violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, tobacco, broccoli, berry, flower, currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box and spice|