1996 Valandraud 6.0L

France - Bordeaux - St Emilion/ Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Valandraud
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International Wine Cellar | 91-92

Saturated ruby-red color. Lively aromas of black raspberry, black plum and smoky, spicy oak. Supple and very intensely flavored; not as fleshy or fat as the '95 but seamless. Again, has plenty of firming acidity. Finishes with tongue-dusting tannins and persistent spicy flavor. From a just-racked barrel: More precise nose hints at violet. Lush and suave in the mouth; seems fatter but every bit as fresh.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 78

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Wine Advocate | 91

This 1996 Valandraud has firmed up significantly since bottling. Unfined and unfiltered, this viscous wine displays the tell-tale thickness of color (saturated dark ruby/plum/purple). The wine's exotic bouquet is just beginning to form, offering up notes of iodine, roasted coffee, jammy black fruits, and pain grille. In the mouth, it is medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin, terrific texture, and outstanding purity and length.

Drink Dates: 2003-2018
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Wine Spectator | 88

A solid red, with good fruit, but slightly one-dimensional and hollow in the midpalate. Aromas of blackberries and raspberries, and hints of new wood. Medium-bodied, with good, ripe berry flavor, medium tannins and a vanilla, tobacco aftertaste. Lots of wood here. 600 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2000+
Author: James Suckling


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More Vintages and Sizes of Valandraud:

2005 (750ml)
2001 (750ml)
1995 (750ml)

About This Producer


The proprietors of this estate, husband and wife team Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud, first found success as wine merchants in the St. Emilion area in the early 1980s. Their long-term goal was to own and produce wine from their own vineyards, and in 1989 they took a first step with the purchase of a small parcel in St. Emilion. They have continued to acquire miniscule plots, slowly adding to their holdings, which now total 5.5 acres. The first vintage was produced in 1991, with vineyard management and winemaking done by hand to best preserve fruit quality. This strong commitment to a highly involved winemaking process, as well as help from consultant Alain Vauthier, co-owner of Ausone, results in a wine of extraordinary texture, concentration and balance.

"The creation of Jean-Luc Thunevin, the de facto leader of the St. Emilion vin de garage movement, Valandraud is unquestionably Bordeaux's finest success story to date. The craze for Valandraud is such that it fetches prices equal, if not superior, to those of the first growths." - Robert Parker

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