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1996 Valandraud 6.0L
1996 Valandraud
France - Bordeaux - St Emilion
Red / Bordeaux Blend
1996 Valandraud
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 78

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.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 122

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.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Suckling

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.

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