1998 Valandraud Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • JS 96
  • JR 95
  • WA 93
  • WS 93
  • ST 93

Reviews for 1998 Valandraud Bordeaux Blend

JS 96
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, May 2011
Super wine here. Aromas of spicy chocolate, almost jalapeño, then dark fruits. It’s full-bodied with silky tannins and a lovely finish. Balanced and refined. Just starting to come around. What depth of fruit. This has a... Super wine here. Aromas of spicy chocolate, almost jalapeño, then dark fruits. It’s full-bodied with silky tannins and a lovely finish. Balanced and refined. Just starting to come around. What depth of fruit. This has a long life ahead of it, but so good to drink now.
JR 95
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2006
Quite pale. Fragrant Cab Franc nose. Very gentle and mellow. Relatively lightweight (objectively medium weight) but good balance and refreshing. Perhaps this doesn’t fully capitalise on the ripeness of the 1998 vintage... Quite pale. Fragrant Cab Franc nose. Very gentle and mellow. Relatively lightweight (objectively medium weight) but good balance and refreshing. Perhaps this doesn’t fully capitalise on the ripeness of the 1998 vintage but it has lovely balance and is very succulent. Lovely freshness. Very fine tannins lurking underneath. Very low key but admirably harmonious. 18.5/20
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2001
A classic St.-Emilion, the 1998 exhibits a dark plum/purple color as well as an elegant nose of mocha, coffee, cherries, blackberries, and chocolate. It has turned out to be more finesse-styled and less exotic than past... A classic St.-Emilion, the 1998 exhibits a dark plum/purple color as well as an elegant nose of mocha, coffee, cherries, blackberries, and chocolate. It has turned out to be more finesse-styled and less exotic than past vintages. This medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated wine reveals chocolate overtones in the aromas and flavors. With exceptional purity, balance, and length, it should turn out to be one of the most elegant Valandrauds yet produced. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2020. - Robert Parker
WS 93
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2009
Intense aromas of roses, blackberry and prune. Full-bodied, with lots of ripe fruit, vanilla and chocolate character. Polished and silky mouthfeel. Even a little dusty. Long and beautiful. A burly, muscular wine in a... Intense aromas of roses, blackberry and prune. Full-bodied, with lots of ripe fruit, vanilla and chocolate character. Polished and silky mouthfeel. Even a little dusty. Long and beautiful. A burly, muscular wine in a traditional style; give it time. One of the best Valandrauds ever.—'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2011. 1,000 cases made. –JS
ST 93
Stephen Tanzer - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2000
(ST90-93 points) Bright deep ruby. Deep aromas of raspberry, violet, menthol and pungent, nutty oak. Large-scaled, dense and quite complex, with intriguing floral and animal nuances. More dominated by the cab franc, in... (ST90-93 points) Bright deep ruby. Deep aromas of raspberry, violet, menthol and pungent, nutty oak. Large-scaled, dense and quite complex, with intriguing floral and animal nuances. More dominated by the cab franc, in contrast to the merlot-heavy '99. The very long finish features serious tannins and toothcoating fruit. An especially ageworthy style of Valandraud, but not quite as silky and harmonious as the '99.