In 2006, Jean-Luc Thunevin of Chateau Valandraud purchased this property located in Lalande de Fronsac, on behalf of his daughter Virginie Thunevin. The vineyard, harvest, vinification are under the supervision of his Saint Emilion team: Christophe Lardière head of vineyard work, and Rémi Dalmasso cellar master. Jean-Luc Thunevin selected Claude Gros as consultant oenologist in order to reach their ultimate goal: to produce a delicious and affordable Bordeaux!
Jean Luc Thunevin became a well-known figure in the wine world in less than a decade, thanks to its successful garage wine, Château Valandraud. Jean Luc aims to harvest at full maturity, he also copied the Burgundy vinification ways (pigeage…) to reach an optimum concentration. The wine is produced with a constant commitment to excellence.
Aging: 11 months in 50% New French Oak
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 100% Merlot. On the nose, the showcases a fragrant bouquet of dark cherries, bergamot, and light stony scents. The palate is driven by dark red fruits like mulberry and red plum. The wine is medium-bodied with slightly coarse tannin, and a healthy kiss of spice towards the finish.
This ripe wine has soft tannins, brightness, and a smoky edge, but it's really all about juicy fruit. Drink from 2020. ~88 Wine Enthusiast
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