Château Valandraud - Saint-Emilion

Château Valandraud is a Bordeaux wine located in the Saint-Émilion appellation, promoted Premier Grand Cru Classé in the 2012 classification of Saint-Emilion wine. The vineyard is located on the Rive Droite of Bordeaux.

What are the specificities of Château Valandraud?

Valandraud is the property of Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Before becoming a Bordeaux winemaker, Jean-Luc was a great Bordeaux wine trader.

The property takes its name from a combination of its location:  "Val" comes from Vallon de Fongaban, where the vines are planted, and is added to Murielle's surname: Andraud. Today, all their wine is made entirely by Murielle.

Valandraud was originally a small winery in Saint-Emilion. In fact, the cru was born in 1989 with 0.6 hectares and their first vintage produced only about a hundred cases of wine. Here we witness the birth of the "Vin de garage" movement. Having almost no money and no cellar, the wine was made in a borrowed garage. Things have changed a lot since those early days. Today, they own a vineyard in the village of Saint-Émilion and over the years, Jean Luc and Murielle have increased their holdings due to the continuous purchase of vineyard land.

Valandraud has 10 hectares of vines planted as follows:

  • Merlot 70%
  • Cabernet Franc 20%
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
  • Malbec 3%
  • Carmenere 2%

2 of these hectares are devoted to the production of white Bordeaux grapes, which are planted as follows :

  • Sauvignon Blanc 50%
  • Semillon 35%
  • Sauvignon Gris 15%

The plots are located in different areas of Saint-Emilion. Valandraud produces red and white wines. For the red wine, the terroir varies, but the best soils are clay-limestone.

Murielle Andraud is also in charge of the production of two of the best white wines of the right bank, Blanc de Valandraud N° 1 and N° 2.

At Valandraud, a combination of traditional and modern techniques is used for the production of their wine. In their Saint Emilion vineyard, they practice pruning in Guyot Double, destemming and green harvesting. A first sorting takes place in the vineyard. Once the grapes arrive at the winery, the fruit is sorted before being destemmed. The estate's wine is vinified in temperature-controlled wooden vats. The wine is then aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 18 to 30 months, depending on the quality and character of the vintage.

The estate offers a wine of purity, richness, low acidity, concentration, opulent textures and silky tannins, coupled with aromas of ripe black fruits, cherry, licorice and chocolate.

Best vintages of Valandraud are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2004, 2000, 1998 and 1995

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Château Valandraud 2012
Red2012 Bordeaux Saint-Emilion
94/100 Wine SpectatorWS
95+/100 Robert ParkerRP

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