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2000 Château Valandraud

  • 93 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 60241-2000

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  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

    Jean-Luc Thunevin tends to be humble when he talks about his 2000, as if there were something wrong with it. Well, it is a spectacular wine, and having tasted it three times from bottle, I am in love with it. Dense purple-colored, with a glorious nose of espresso, cocoa, chocolate, plum, black currant, and cherry, offering a true smorgasbord of heavenly delights, this medium to full-bodied wine still shows some relatively firm tannin, but the low acidity, layered, multi-textured mouthfeel, and tremendous purity are hallmarks of the Thunevin winemaking style. However, this might be one Valandraud that actually needs 3-5 years of cellaring prior to drinking.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    Saturated ruby-red. Ripe, expressive aromas of black cherry, blackberry and espresso. Sweet, concentrated and quite perfumed in the mouth, with notes of oaky torrefaction currently dominating the wine's dark fruit flavors. Distinctly powerful for Valandraud, and impressively long on the finish, with a sweet, chocolatey aftertaste. A sample of the same juice tasted just after the last racking showed more precision of aromas and more clarity in the mouth, with strong raspberry fruit to go with the smoky oak.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2002
  • Rating: 93

    This is really exciting, with dark chocolate, berry, grilled meat and cedar. Full-bodied and silky, with lovely berry and mineral character. Goes on for quite a while. Best from Valandraud yet.
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  • 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

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 251 bottles owned
    • 45 collectors