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 Vintage2003 Label 1 of 21 
ProducerChâteau Valandraud
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
AppellationSt. Émilion Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2024 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Valandraud on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.6 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 20 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 2/3/2015 & rated 92 points: Souper avec Gaël et plusieurs autres à l'Os
Un nez chocolaté, épicé, avec aussi de lapâte de tomates (cab franc!)
Une bouche puissante, avec une droiture bordelaise, beaucoup de matière, de la mâche. Il est puissant et de bonne fraicheur, un peu asséchant. Il a un coté austère et complexe fascinant. 92 (1017 views)
 Tasted by Cheungtp on 12/24/2014 & rated 94 points: Dark, opaque, bright in appearance. This is a well made 2003 right bank Bordeaux, without any cooked sensation. Rather it's very balanced, dark fruits, liquorice, coffee, cut wood, earth and some menthol. The wine is still developing it seems and better time is to further down the road. Solid structure, masculine yet creamy texture, with good acidity. Good length, with tobacco and red fruits lingering. Well done. (1042 views)
 Tasted by mwanasheria on 8/21/2014 & rated 94 points: From magnum. Closed at first but then opening up with surprising freshness and minerality (for the vintage). Tobacco, chocolate, cassis, brambles. Quite nice. (1465 views)
 Tasted by peterchoy on 3/18/2014 & rated 92 points: Appearance: Bright and clear, it is of deep intensity ruby color, with garnet rims and legs.
Nose: Clean, with medium intensity aromas showing black fruit of bramble, dark plum and blackberry, pungent spice of licorice, maturity notes of forest floor, some dried fruit of prune, kernel notes of dark chocolate, oak notes of cedar. The wine is developing.
Palate: Dry with medium acidity, medium (+) tannin of ripe and velvety texture, the wine has medium (+) alcohol but did not feel warming, balancing with medium body and medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as blackberry, dark cherries and plum, kernel notes of cocoa, maturity notes of tobacco, sweet spice of nutmeg. The wine has a long finish.
Conclusion: Very good quality St-Emilion garage wine, with highly complex aromas though not showing overt intensity, a delicate and elegant wine on the nose, but on the palate it is quite different, with good concentration and ripeness jumping out, with equally impressive range of flavors. Despite fairly high on alcohol level, it did not show any warming, complemented by the body and flavors, to give a long finish. It is ready to drink now though can benefit from further ageing of another 3-5 years. (1882 views)
 Tasted by Strikermax on 10/11/2013 & rated 96 points: Romig, zwoel, chocolade, tabak. Zacht, lang aanhoudend. (2290 views)
 Tasted by Jhcwine on 9/14/2013 & rated 91 points: Nose - Initially very tannic and closed. Opened abit over the evening. 92.
Might improve to a 93 with bottle age.

Palette - Tannic and closed throughout the evening. This bottle needs serious time. But not sure the fruit will be there (or any nose left) when the current wall of tannin eventually recedes. 90. (1983 views)
 Tasted by Vintjener on 7/31/2013: A wine that too me is very hard to define.
Certainly it has a lot of fruit - bramble and dark fruit.
Underlying oak and a good well defined structure.
Quite cool and defined for the vintage. Good purity, but I found it hard to put my finger on anything that should indicate that this was right and not left Bordeaux. To me it could be both, very good but without clear definition.
I would drink it again though, but not buy it for my cellar. (1780 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 6/25/2013 & rated 92 points: with the only RB represented in the flights of 2003 Bdx, this had a good nose of cassis liqueur and black plums, and some dark cherry. Bright acidity married well with tannins that were quite refined. A touch of cedar and typical Bdx damp earth and some vegetal rosemary. This had a nice long finish and hid its higher ABV well. Of all the 2003 class we had, this was the most fully developed and was clearly in its prime drinking window. It did show any signs of fading. This was the group top wine, when coming to being ready, but it wasn't my favorite of the 2003. Still a lovely wine that went well with bison strip loin with chunks of thick bacon. (1821 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 2/17/2013 & rated 91 points: Served double blind. Plum and cassis aromas, similar on palate with a backward start. At first I thought this a Super Tuscan with good energy, with Bordeaux as my Plan B. This opened up and developed more power and balance with a couple of hours in glass, so I'd expect this still needs another 5+ years in the cellar. (2140 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/17/2011 & rated 91 points: Deep garnet and crimson with aromas of spicy red berries, black currant, a bit of wet tree bark, coffee grinds and a pinch of cocoa. Full body with well integrated tannins that are like velvet on the tongue. Acid is mild to moderate so this is more lush with plenty of red and black fruit, throw in some dried Cuban tobacco leaf and crushed lava and call it a night. The finish lingers. Overall this is pretty straight forward yet has a bold intensity of fruit and tannin that keeps me coming back for more. (2766 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 8/26/2010 & rated 91 points: Horizontale 2003
Nez discret sur la réglisse noire, peut-être un peu porto comme l’affirme le radio AM à ma droite. La bouche est dense, assez moderne, riche et compacte. Il fait presque nouveau Monde sauf pour sa finale droite. Bien fait, très mûr mais plutôt unidimensionnel et somme toute, un peu lourd. L’effet millésime se fait ici sentir. 90-91 pts (2906 views)
 Tasted by noppakit s. on 10/19/2009 & rated 96 points: Big Name : A Night of St.Emilion 2003

Surprisingly clean for the 2003, 2-3 layers as well, mineral and more classic typical St.Emilion than the 2001. Hints a little bit scent of milk sometime. Very good in structure and well made. The finish is very long lasting. Big Surprise Indeed !!!

Drink now - 2020..................96+/100......................The real petit Petrus....................... (3678 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 7/3/2008 & rated 92 points: This opens with coffee, jammy dark fruit, licorice, mineral and roasted berries. Already open for business, this round, supple wine delivers ample pleasure. (2986 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 10/21/2007 & rated 93 points: Layers of ripe, sexy, chocolate covered dark fruit caress your palate. Very silky and sexy. Licorice, jammy berry and sweet plums are found in the finish. (2767 views)

Professional 'Channels'
The World of Fine Wine, December 2007, Issue #18
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120
(Chateau Valandraud Saint Emilion) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/7/2005)
(Ch Valandraud St-Émilion Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114
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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC

In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.

As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market

Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.

The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.

By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.

Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.

Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.

The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.

The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).

Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?

St. Émilion Grand Cru

Les Vins de St. Émilion (Syndicate Vitocole de Saint-Emilion) – Read about St. Emilion

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