2003 Chateau Valandraud
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $154.94 (reg. $189.94/ Online Avg. $226)
Fans of hedonistic Right Bank Bordeaux, this one’s for you. We’ve got a super-limited parcel of 2003 Valandraud, a "a true success" for the vintage (RP), and it's available for the best price around by a solid margin!
Dubbed “the bad boy of Bordeaux” by Robert Parker, Thunevin is one of the region’s boldest and most influential figures. He and his wife Muriel effectively launched the garagiste movement with the inaugural vintage of Château Valandraud in 1991. Barely twenty years later, the estate would be promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé level.
Valandraud’s success is no accident. Through Thunevin’s vision – and boldness – the estate has positioned itself at the top, in terms of both quality and price. Meticulous vineyard management including keeping yields extremely low, aggressive vineyard expansion into some of Saint Emilion’s top terroir, and employing the services of Michel Rolland have all played an integral part in the Valandraud story.
The Thunevins are not content to rest on their laurels, however. The story wasn’t finished in 2003, and it’s still being told today. Per Robert Parker, they “continue to achieve marvelous things at this estate, always pushing the envelope of quality.” Owing to that quality, regular buyers will know that Valadraud with some age on it is just not seen at this price.
Nearly fifteen years on from the vintage date, the 2003 Valandraud offers the sort of sublime decadence that only comes from mature right bank Bordeaux. There’s no need to cellar this, though there’s plenty of life left in it yet. Be warned, however: Thunevin stock of any description never lasts long in our warehouse, especially when it’s a keenly-priced Grand Vin from Valandraud. Cheers!