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Virginie de Valandraud 2020

Virginie de Valandraud


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/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

This wine comes under the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru appellation and was first made in 1992 as a second wine. Since 1997, due to its high quality it has been considered a first wine that stands on its own merit.

Originating from the Château de Valandraud vineyards (Virginie is the name of Jean-Luc Thunevin's daughter), grapes are grown and undergo vinification using the same methods as at Château Valandraud, run by the same team and under the direction of Murielle Andraud, Thunevin's wife.

Aged for 18-20 months in new barrels.

Ratings and awards

202091-93 PK93-94 SK91 DC
201990-92 PK93-94 SK91 DC
201893+ PK94 SK90 WS93 DC
201790-92 PK15 JR92 SK91 WS
201692 PK15.5+ JR94 SK91 WS91 DC
201591+ PK15.5 JR93 SK91 WS91 DC
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonSK: SucklingWS: Wine spectatorDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker, Jancis Robinson, and Suckling

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Virginie de Valandraud comes barreling out of the glass with powerful scents of stewed black plums, Black Forest cake and blueberry preserves, plus hints of cedar chest, menthol and hoisin. The big, rich, full-bodied palate (15% declared alcohol) is still sporting a fair bit of oak, delivering a firm, grainy texture and just enough freshness, finishing long and spicy. Give it another 3-4 years in bottle for the oak to integrate and the generous fruit to fully emerge, then drink it over the next 15+ years.

— Lisa Perrotti-Brown (22/04/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 93+ PARKER

Tasted blind. Very oak-led nose, spice and earth. Blue fruit, tar, wood tannin and smoke. Lots of polish and make-up. Inky dark fruit and more wood tannin on the finish, which is lined with spice.

— Tom Parker (15/09/2021) Vintage 2017 - 15 JANCIS ROBINSON

Aromas of dark berries, dried violets, toasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate and coffee. It’s full-bodied with firm, powdery tannins. Muscular and intense, yet still tight. Try from 2026.

— James Suckling (03/03/2021) Vintage 2018 - 94 SUCKLING

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