16. Château Valandraud, Saint-Émilion “Premier Grand Cru” 2017. NEW TO TOB
90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. 22 months in 100% new oak barrels. Ch. Valandraud is still made by its founder, the legendary Jean-Luc Thunevin, co-owner also of the Thunevin-Calvet estate in Roussillon (see above and below).
Hammer blow aromatic onslaught, blackberries, leather, tobacco, menthol, licorice, smoky/toasty oak, graphite, cassis, chocolate, old books and antique furniture, while the palate is full-bodied, muscular, dense, gripping, quite wild in its youth, mouth coating, and very long. Volcanic sensory overload! Averages 95 out of 100 from all the major international critic publications and averages 4.3 out of 5 after 137 ratings on Vivino.
Drink 2025 to 2040
Post-arrival price will be $446.95 per bottle. Today’s pre-departure price is $368.95.