Château Valandraud Saint Emilion Grand Cru Vintage 2012
In 1989, Jean-Luc Thunevin and wife Murielle Andraud bought a small plot of 0.6 hectares in the valley of Saint-Emilion between Pavie Macquin and La- Clotte. They realized, in 1991, their first vintage bottled by their care. They have since
acquired other parcels and properties in Saint-Christophe-des-Bardes and Saint Etienne de Lisse. While early critics have called "garage wine" Château Valandraud, although still not classified, is considered by almost all wine professionals, including Robert Parker as one of the top wines of Bordeaux Tasting notes Robert Parker WINE ADVOCATE 95+ A tribute to the partnership of Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud, the 2012 Valandraud is a magnificent wine and one of the superstars of the vintage. Inky purple, with notes of white chocolate, crème de cassis, blackberry fruit and lively background minerality, it has great precision, acidity, sweet tannin and a voluptuous full-bodied mouthfeel. It is very vigorous, young and backward, but bursting with unbelievable potential. This is a fabulous effort from perfectionists Andraud and Thunevin. Thunevin, the father of the “garagiste” movement in St.-Emilion, usually fashions this wine from a blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and the balance Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, from 11 acres sprinkled throughout the appellation. Drink it between 2020-2035.