2016 Chateau Virginie de Valandraud Saint Emilion Grand Cru

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About the Wine

  • Same Winemaker as Ch. Pontet Canet & Ch. Valandraud (which sell for $200+/btl)
  • BHW Selected Import
  • 97 pt Vintage, WA
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Thunevin was labeled the "Bad Boy" of Bordeaux by Robert Parker years ago. His "garagiste" style is akin to the great technology companies of Silicon Valley that grew up in a garage and disrupted the establishment. Jean-Luc did just that by making the best wines possible and releasing the wines at affordable prices. His efforts have been rewarded with high praise and consistent top scores. By way of price comparison, his wines are still largely affordable.

Learn more about Jean-Luc here.


This is ripe and attractive with beautiful plum and dark-berry aromas that follow through to a full body, firm and medium, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Also slightly chewy at the end. Needs four to five years to soften. Try after 2023. ~94JS

While the tannins are firm, this wine's charm lies in its delicious black fruits and acidity, giving a streak of freshness to the solid texture and structure. This second wine of Château Valandraud is a fruity reflection of the more structured first wine. Drink from 2023. ~94WE, Editor's Choice

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