1995 Valandraud Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • IWC 95
  • WA 95
  • WS 93

Reviews for 1995 Valandraud Bordeaux Blend

IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 1998
Superb saturated dark ruby color. Knockout aromas of black raspberry smoked duck and suave smoky oak. Thick sweet and velvety in the mouth; the fruit explodes with aeration saturating those hard-to-reach places in the... Superb saturated dark ruby color. Knockout aromas of black raspberry smoked duck and suave smoky oak. Thick sweet and velvety in the mouth; the fruit explodes with aeration saturating those hard-to-reach places in the mouth. Really fabulous sweetness. A slightly roasted note suggests great ripeness (though I recall Thunevin telling me two years ago that this wine could have been even greater had he waited another few days to harvest!). Ultrasuave tannins are buried in a wave of fruit. One of the longest finishes of the vintage. Purists may argue that a wine like this cannot possible match such '95s as Latour or Margaux or Petrus for terroir character or class but few wines can match the '95 Valandraud for sheer hedonistic pleasure. 95 points
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 1998
This splendid Valandraud ranks with the finest wines proprietor Jean-Luc Thunevin has produced since his debut 1991 vintage. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color, and a sensational nose of roasted herbs, black fruits... This splendid Valandraud ranks with the finest wines proprietor Jean-Luc Thunevin has produced since his debut 1991 vintage. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color, and a sensational nose of roasted herbs, black fruits (cherries, currants, and blackberries), and high class toasty oak (the latter component is more of a nuance than a dominant characteristic). Very concentrated, with layers of fruit, glycerin, and extract, yet seamlessly constructed, this wine contains the stuff of greatness, and appears to be the finest Valandraud yet produced. The finish lasts for over 30 seconds. The wine's high tannin is barely noticeable because of the ripeness and richness of fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020. - Robert M. Parker, Jr.
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2007
Dark ruby color, with intense aroma of dark chocolate, blackberries and vanilla. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, delicious finish. Wonderful now but will improve with age. I have always like this wine. It... Dark ruby color, with intense aroma of dark chocolate, blackberries and vanilla. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, delicious finish. Wonderful now but will improve with age. I have always like this wine. It was the beginning of serious winemaking here.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. – JS