This sexy wine explodes with licorice, espresso, chocolate covered boysenberries, cherry, blueberry and earthy aromas. Pure, opulent and incredibly rich, there is a not a hard edge to be found in this decadent tasting experience.
A flamboyant nose of licorice, black raspberry jam, spice, pepper, chocolate, blueberry, vanilla and cloves introduce the wine. On the palate, this sensuous wine is dense, rich, concentrated and plush in texture. The wine finishes with layers of licorice, vanilla and blackberry jam. Tasted within days of bottling, once this wine has settled in, it will probably earn a higher score.
2009 Valandraud is deep, dark ruby with purple tints. This pungent wine offers aromas of fresh picked flowers, jammy blackberries, licorice, black raspberries, kirsch, coffee, and black cherries. This Valandraud is a richly textured, full bodied wine concentrated with pure ripe fruit. The long, clean, powerful finish offers freshness, paired with cherry and blackberry flavors. The best Valandraud since the stellar 1995. 95-97 Pts
En Primeur Bordeaux 2009 Tasting (Crown Wine Cellars, Hong Kong): Tasted en primeur after 4 months in the barrel. Near black, totally opaque colour. Refined nose. The wine is thick and totally stains the glass. Palate is very extracted but quite austere: deep intense blackcurrant just noticeable behind tons of graphite and quite sharp acidity. Clearly very well made. Could turn out to be outstanding but it will take a lot longer than most Merlots to reveal its true self. Hard to believe it is 100% Merlot (note: but they will add Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon before the final blending). "Very good" but I preferred the Virginie De Valandraud.
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