A classic Bordeaux rouge from a classic vintage. Jean Luc Thunevin is the winemaker here, the original "Bad Boy" of St. Emilion and garagiste winemaker. He has consistently raised the bar at Ch. Valandraud, a St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe B estate.
This wine shines as an excellent example of what a Right Bank blend can be in the capable hands of a top winemaker in an excellent vintage that was particularly stellar for merlot. If you love classy St. Emilon at an affordable price, this will be your new favorite Tuesday night wine.
The BHW direct import model sourced and landed this wine at a real steal. With 35-year-old vines, this wine sees about 15% new French oak with another 15% in 1-year oak. The combination of oak and vanilla with fresh, bright fruit makes for a wine that is delicious now and will have aging potential.
Blend: 75% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Fragrant and elegant in spite of its firm tannic core, this has some real complexity, too. Good now, but just wait to see where this goes from 2020! ~92 James Suckling
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