Château Valandraud

About Château Valandraud

The current succession of exceptional wines produced by this Premier Grand Cru Classé B is the result of something of a career pivot. Owner Jean-Luc Thunevin was a highly successful négociant in the most important fine wine region on Earth until 1989, when he purchased a small 0.6-hectare plot of land close to Château Pavie Macquin with his wife Murielle Andraud. This was followed by another 1.6-hectare plot further East to forge Château Valandraud - a contraction of “Val”, from Vallon de Fongaban where the vines are planted, and of course Murielle’s surname “Andraud”.

Valandraud is an estate that has had to work very hard indeed for its fabulous success. With almost no capital to spend on facilities in the early vintages, Murielle crafted barely 100 cases of wine from their 2.2 hectares in a borrowed garage – this was the original “garagiste” wine!

Things have changed dramatically over the past decades, and Château Valandraud has expanded in both its vineyard holdings and winemaking facilities. Today, 9 hectares are planted with 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. With no imperious castle designating their base of operations on their behalf, Jean-Luc and Murielle were free to purchase only the best, wherever that may have been dotted across the appellation. As a result, the estate encompasses a huge variety of Right-Bank terroirs, from thick clay to hard limestone. 

Branded by the powers that be in the 1990s as something of an enfant terrible, Jean-Luc retains an air of rebellion that pervades the style of his and his wife’s wines to this day. Rallying against the monolithic, austere wines of Bordeaux which, one assumes, he had himself been finding hard to sell as a négociant, from the very first vintage it was clear that Valandraud would be in the vanguard of fresher, riper and more approachable Bordeaux full of life and character. As certain as night follows day, style changes and this deeply concentrated yet the generous style is the norm and Valandraud has ascended to its rightful place in the official St-Émilion classification system.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Valandraud 2015 (12x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €1,751.40
2015

Valandraud 2015 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

A wine that will be a candidate for perfection at maturity, the 2015 Valandraud is a heavenly wine that exhibits a deep, saturated ruby/purple color as well as a sensational bouquet of blackcurrants, cassis, crème caramel, graphite, and chocolate. This full-bodied, expansive, super concentrated 2015 is a hedonistic dream and has exceptional purity, balance, and equilibrium. While it offers pleasure today, it needs short-term cellaring and will keep for 20+ years.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 99 (JD) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €1,751.40
Valandraud 2019 (6x75cl)
Inc. TAX: €807.21
2019

Valandraud 2019 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Extremely polished and refined red with structure. It’s full-bodied, yet ever so refined and balanced. The tannins are very fine-grained. Chewy, yet energetic and precise. Tight and integrated at the end.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Jul 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description Inc. TAX: €807.21
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Valandraud 2015 (12x75cl)
In Bond: €1,430.00
2015

Valandraud 2015 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

A wine that will be a candidate for perfection at maturity, the 2015 Valandraud is a heavenly wine that exhibits a deep, saturated ruby/purple color as well as a sensational bouquet of blackcurrants, cassis, crème caramel, graphite, and chocolate. This full-bodied, expansive, super concentrated 2015 is a hedonistic dream and has exceptional purity, balance, and equilibrium. While it offers pleasure today, it needs short-term cellaring and will keep for 20+ years.
Delivery to Storage from 1 Sep 2021

Bordeaux 12x75cl 2 99 (JD) Read Review/Description In Bond: €1,430.00
Valandraud 2019 (6x75cl)
In Bond: €657.00
2019

Valandraud 2019 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Extremely polished and refined red with structure. It’s full-bodied, yet ever so refined and balanced. The tannins are very fine-grained. Chewy, yet energetic and precise. Tight and integrated at the end.
Delivery to Storage from 26 Jul 2022

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description In Bond: €657.00

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