2003 Château Valandraud

Community Tasting Notes

Community Tasting Notes (14) Avg Score: 92.6 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

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  • 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.

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  • From magnum. Closed at first but then opening up with surprising freshness and minerality (for the vintage). Tobacco, chocolate, cassis, brambles. Quite nice.

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  • 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.

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  • Romig, zwoel, chocolade, tabak. Zacht, lang aanhoudend.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.......................

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  • This opens with coffee, jammy dark fruit, licorice, mineral and roasted berries. Already open for business, this round, supple wine delivers ample pleasure.

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  • 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.

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