Château Valandraud

About Château Valandraud

The current succession of exceptional wines produced by this Premier Grand Cru Classé B is the result of something of a career pivot. Owner Jean-Luc Thunevin was a highly successful négociant in the most important fine wine region on Earth until 1989, when he purchased a small 0.6-hectare plot of land close to Château Pavie Macquin with his wife Murielle Andraud. This was followed by another 1.6-hectare plot further East to forge Château Valandraud - a contraction of “Val”, from Vallon de Fongaban where the vines are planted, and of course Murielle’s surname “Andraud”.

Valandraud is an estate that has had to work very hard indeed for its fabulous success. With almost no capital to spend on facilities in the early vintages, Murielle crafted barely 100 cases of wine from their 2.2 hectares in a borrowed garage – this was the original “garagiste” wine!

Things have changed dramatically over the past decades, and Château Valandraud has expanded in both its vineyard holdings and winemaking facilities. Today, 9 hectares are planted with 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. With no imperious castle designating their base of operations on their behalf, Jean-Luc and Murielle were free to purchase only the best, wherever that may have been dotted across the appellation. As a result, the estate encompasses a huge variety of Right-Bank terroirs, from thick clay to hard limestone. 

Branded by the powers that be in the 1990s as something of an enfant terrible, Jean-Luc retains an air of rebellion that pervades the style of his and his wife’s wines to this day. Rallying against the monolithic, austere wines of Bordeaux which, one assumes, he had himself been finding hard to sell as a négociant, from the very first vintage it was clear that Valandraud would be in the vanguard of fresher, riper and more approachable Bordeaux full of life and character. As certain as night follows day, style changes and this deeply concentrated yet the generous style is the norm and Valandraud has ascended to its rightful place in the official St-Émilion classification system.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Valandraud 1998 (12x75cl)
HK$23,465.00
1998

Valandraud 1998 (12x75cl)
As per photos Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 - HK$23,465.00
Valandraud 2002 (2x75cl)
HK$2,645.00
2002

Valandraud 2002 (2x75cl)

Wine Spectator (94)

This has a solid core of fruit, with a very tannic structure. Blockbuster. Full-bodied, and chewy. A bit austere, but very impressive. Right at 92 for me. Wait and see if it is really great, but I am impressed. Jean-Luc Thunevin put a lot of sweat into his wine. Score range: 92-94
coming from private cellar as per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 2x75cl 1 94 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$2,645.00
Valandraud 2003 (12x75cl)
HK$16,485.00
2003

Valandraud 2003 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (92-94)

A pretty wine, with blackberry, cherry and chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine-grained tannins and a sweet tannic finish. Very well done. Some say its too new wave, but I like it. Score range: 92-94
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 92-94 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$16,485.00
Valandraud 2003 (2x75cl)
HK$3,065.00
2003

Valandraud 2003 (2x75cl)

Wine Spectator (92-94)

A pretty wine, with blackberry, cherry and chocolate. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine-grained tannins and a sweet tannic finish. Very well done. Some say its too new wave, but I like it. Score range: 92-94
coming from private cellar as per photo Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 2x75cl 1 92-94 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$3,065.00
Valandraud 2005 (12x75cl)
HK$33,755.00
2005

Valandraud 2005 (12x75cl)

Vinous (100)

The 2005 Valandraud is off the charts. Easily one of the wines of the vintage, the 2005 Valandraud possesses tremendous richness from start to finish. Moreover, it has aged exquisitely. Inky red fruit, iron, smoke, dried herbs, menthol, licorice and blood orange infuse the 2005 with striking layers of nuance to play off all that unctuous fruit. This full-throttle Saint-Émilion is a prodigious effort from Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud.
In Stock in France

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 100 (VN) Read Review/Description HK$33,755.00
Valandraud 2008 (12x75cl)
HK$19,415.00
2008

Valandraud 2008 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (94)

Tasted blind at the Valandraud vertical at the property, the 2008 Valandraud is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc matured in new oak for 24 months. It put in a quite brilliant performance (here paired against the 2008 Trotanoy). It has a boisterous, bravura of a nose with outstanding vigor and clarity: red cherries and boysenberry fruit, graphite and traces of wet limestone. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, beautiful pure black cherry and raspberry fruit with a faint touch of orange sorbet. Seamless in texture with a refined and silky smooth finish, this is drinking beautifully now but will clearly age for another two decades. This is outstanding for the vintage. Tasted December 2016.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 94 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$19,415.00
Valandraud 2010 (12x75cl)
HK$23,505.00
2010

Valandraud 2010 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

Deep garnet colored, the 2010 Valandraud comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant blueberry compote, Black Forest cake and plum preserves notions, plus hints of underbrush, camphor and licorice. Full-bodied, rich and seductive, it has a gorgeous velvety texture and great freshness supporting the decadent fruit through the long, energetic finish.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$23,505.00
Valandraud 2012 (12x75cl)
HK$11,610.00
2012

Valandraud 2012 (12x75cl)

Wine Spectator (93-96)

This is beautiful, with gorgeous linzer torte, blackberry confiture and anise notes gliding along, infused with black tea, singed spice and perfectly integrated apple wood notes. The long, suave finish drips with fruit. A great showing. Score range: 93-96 -JM
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 93-96 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$11,610.00
Valandraud 2015 (12x75cl)
HK$15,415.00
2015

Valandraud 2015 (12x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

A wine that will be a candidate for perfection at maturity, the 2015 Valandraud is a heavenly wine that exhibits a deep, saturated ruby/purple color as well as a sensational bouquet of blackcurrants, cassis, crème caramel, graphite, and chocolate. This full-bodied, expansive, super concentrated 2015 is a hedonistic dream and has exceptional purity, balance, and equilibrium. While it offers pleasure today, it needs short-term cellaring and will keep for 20+ years.
In Stock in United Kingdom

Bordeaux 12x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description HK$15,415.00
Valandraud 2015 (6x75cl)
HK$7,690.00
2015

Valandraud 2015 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (99)

A wine that will be a candidate for perfection at maturity, the 2015 Valandraud is a heavenly wine that exhibits a deep, saturated ruby/purple color as well as a sensational bouquet of blackcurrants, cassis, crème caramel, graphite, and chocolate. This full-bodied, expansive, super concentrated 2015 is a hedonistic dream and has exceptional purity, balance, and equilibrium. While it offers pleasure today, it needs short-term cellaring and will keep for 20+ years.
In Stock in United Kingdom

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 99 (JD) Read Review/Description HK$7,690.00
Valandraud 2016 (6x75cl)
HK$6,725.00
2016

Valandraud 2016 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (98+)

Including 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot-dominated 2016 Château Valandraud is a brilliant example of this cuvée that should match or exceed the incredible 2015 at maturity. Brought up all in new oak, its deep purple color is followed by a powerful bouquet of crème de cassis, graphite, smoked earth, and hints of earth. Possessing full-bodied richness, thrilling purity of fruit, ripe tannins, and just about perfect balance, it's another tour de force from the incredibly talented Jean-Luc Thunevin. It's slightly more elegant than the L'Interdit de Valandraud cuvée and will benefit from short-term cellaring and cruise for two decades or more.
In Stock in France

Bordeaux 6x75cl 3 98+ (JD) Read Review/Description HK$6,725.00
Valandraud 2018 (1x75cl)
HK$1,645.00
2018

Valandraud 2018 (1x75cl)

Wine Spectator (96-99)

This is richly fruited, with waves of fleshy raspberry, boysenberry and red currant cruising through, inlaid with singed vanilla and apple wood notes along the way. Shows density and cut through the finish, with a tug of tobacco at the end. This is dialed up to 11.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 1x75cl 2 96-99 (WS) Read Review/Description HK$1,645.00
Valandraud 2019 (6x75cl)
HK$6,170.00
2019

Valandraud 2019 (6x75cl)

James Suckling (97-98)

Extremely polished and refined red with structure. It’s full-bodied, yet ever so refined and balanced. The tannins are very fine-grained. Chewy, yet energetic and precise. Tight and integrated at the end.
Estimated Arrival to France:
+1 year

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 97-98 (JS) Read Review/Description HK$6,170.00
Valandraud Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)
HK$3,400.00
2019

Valandraud Blanc 2019 (6x75cl)

Jeb Dunnuck (95-97)

Another brilliant white from Jean-Luc Thunevin, the 2019 Château Valandraud Blanc has a stunning array of pineapple and melon fruit as well as complex notes of spice, white flowers, and a chalky, earthy mineral character. It's beautifully balanced, full-bodied, has integrated acidity, and a great, great finish. I'd put it up with the top whites in the vintage.
Estimated Arrival to France:
11-13 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 1 95-97 (JD) Read Review/Description HK$3,400.00
Virginie de Valandraud 2016 (6x75cl)
HK$2,055.00
2016

Virginie de Valandraud 2016 (6x75cl)

Wine Advocate (92)

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Virginie de Valandraud offers gorgeous black cherries, mulberries and black raspberry scents with hints of star anise, violets and cumin seed. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is firmly structured with firm, velvety tannins and tons of freshness, lifting the perfumed black fruits to a long finish.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Bordeaux 6x75cl 2 92 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$2,055.00

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