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2005 Château Valandraud

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / SAINT-ÉMILION
  • 97 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 80 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 60241-2005

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$225.00

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($310-$700) Saturated, deep ruby-red. Very complex aromas of plum, mocha, iron and minerals, lifted by a floral topnote. Wonderfully lush and smooth in the mouth, with fully ripe flavors of black raspberry, currant, licorice and mocha perfectly supported by ripe acidity. This boasts terrific balance and somehow manages to hide its 14.5% alcohol. Finishes impressively long, with big but thoroughly ripe tannins. The pH here is a very reasonable 3.6, notes Jean-Luc Thunevin. A splendid vintage for Valandraud, and likely to evolve slowly.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    Dark ruby in color, with intense aromas of blackberry, mineral and dried lavender. Full-bodied, very dense and layered, with powerful tannins. This is big and very rich. A bodybuilder. Needs time. Best after 2016. 1,330 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    This may be the most prodigious wine Jean-Luc Thunevin and his partner Murielle Andraud have made to date. Inky purple to the rim at age ten, this wine's explosive aromatics include espresso, chocolate, plum, blackberry and cassis. The oak is well-hidden behind an extravagant, full-bodied, multi-layered palate. Stunningly pure, super-intense and just beginning to move into middle adolescence, the |Bad Boy| of Bordeaux has produced a legend in 2005. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Very dark crimson. Round and glossy even if not very intense. Dry end. Quite serious but a little bit too much extraction/tannin.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: winecellar
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Tasted in chateau. Still very closed, will require another 7+ years.
    Author: Charles Funk
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

  • 387 bottles owned
  • 56 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 56 collectors)