this was nice to drink (my first bottle of Valandraud), as others have mentioned this was a big wine with some modern style to it, nonetheless it wasn't over the top, mix of red and darker fruits, plenty of fruit, also some cedar and oak and a touch of spice… won't be a rebuy for me at this price ($140'ish)
Popped and poured, and then drank over two days. Color is a darker red that is consistent through to the rim. There was some mild sediment in the bottom of the bottle/last glass. On the nose, this carries the odor of an earth-laden trunk mixed together with a bowl of ripe cherries. The nose opened up with time, but had a bit more “funk” on day two. The mouth is relaxed and fruity (largely on the red fruit side of the spectrum), with some nice counterbalancing acidity. The finish is long and luxurious, with a slightly sharp edge. Overall, this is a wine that seems to fit within the classic Bordeaux mode and isn’t at all wild or overdone – something that was somewhat surprising given the producer. This is enjoyable now and may mellow just a bit more with time, but there’s really no reason to wait. 93 points.
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(Chateau Valandraud (St Emilion)) Merlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 30%. An attractive, rather dusky hue. Not so expressive on the nose, but it has a lovely composition on the palate. It is quite silky in its build; it has softly polished tannins, but with rather firm acidity beneath. It remains firmly composed through the finish, where there is a lingering tannic backbone. Good wine from a lesser vintage.
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