Peter Maude Fine Wines

2023, Château Valandraud, SAINT-ÉMILION 1er Grand Cru Classé 'B'

$202 ex. GST
$232.30 inc. GST
Estimated full landed price – $251.97

Wow, this is really something. Very fruity, with dark blackberries and blueberries, as well as blood oranges. It's full and layered with great depth of fruit and chewy, polished tannins. Turns lightly salty at the end. Power with precision. 97-98 James Sucking.

The 2023 Valandraud delivers exactly what you expect on the nose from Jean-Luc Thunevin's crown jewel: very polished scents of black cherries, cassis and crushed violets. One sample had a soupçon of sur-maturité, although another at the château displayed more composure and coolness. The palate is rich and fruit-driven with layers of black fruit. The sample at the château showed more backbone and grip, a healthy sprinkling of cracked black pepper and a long and persistent finish. Give this three to five years, because it is a seriously good Saint-Emilion. 95-97 Neal Martin.

Inky depths to Valandraud in this vintage, well constructed, intense sweet liquorice and black chocolate, starts out threatening a more old school feel for this wine, with crème de cassis dominant and high alcohols, but it is given focus and lift as it moves through the palate, with lilting aromatics of red roses, welcome pummice stone tannins, squid ink salinity, and mouthwatering freshness. Skilful, confident, impressive. 100% new oak for ageing, Jean-Luc Thunevin owner at this 10.7ha estate (currently replanting several plots, so 6.6ha in production).95 Jane Anson.

The 2023 Valandraud is a full-throttle, opulent Saint-Émilion endowed with notable textural richness and tons of intensity. This really feels pushed to the edge, but it pulls back at the very last second. Inky dark fruit, chocolate, new leather, liquorice and menthol saturate the palate. I imagine that the 2023 will require a number of years to shed some of its baby fat. Harvest took place from September 20 to October 10 on the later side. 94-96 Antonio Galloni, Vinous.

Drinking Window: 2030 - 2048

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