1998 Valandraud Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 750ML

  • JS 96
  • JR 95
  • WA 95
  • WS 93
  • ST 93

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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 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2017
Tasted blind at the Valandraud vertical at the property, the 1998 Valandraud has a sweet ripe bouquet with scents of dark berries, salted licorices, tobacco and cedar that is very intense and powerful. The palate is... Tasted blind at the Valandraud vertical at the property, the 1998 Valandraud has a sweet ripe bouquet with scents of dark berries, salted licorices, tobacco and cedar that is very intense and powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. Bizarrely, it almost seems Left Bank in style with cedar and tobacco notes infusing the black fruit, the mintiness suggesting a Pauillac! I love the drive here, the focus and the slight aloofness, a wine that demands respect and is worthy of it. What a great 1998: elegant yet intense, classy yet approachable. I envisage this offering another 10-15 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted December 2016. - Neal Martin
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.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 1998