2006 Valandraud Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L

  • IWC 92
  • WA 91

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IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2007
(70% merlot 25% cabernet and 2.5% each malbec and cabernet sauvignon) Medium bright ruby. Cool slightly grapey aromas of black cherry dark chocolate violet and chalk. Juicy minerally and penetrating; suave but not fleshy... (70% merlot 25% cabernet and 2.5% each malbec and cabernet sauvignon) Medium bright ruby. Cool slightly grapey aromas of black cherry dark chocolate violet and chalk. Juicy minerally and penetrating; suave but not fleshy. This has a lower pH than most past vintages and comes across as taut and refined in the way of a moderately ripe Burgundy with energy from limestone a peppery note and lively acidity. "Not a sex bomb" notes Thunevin who is very aware that he has crafted a more serious style of wine. Thunevin concentrated the must by means of a 15% saignee.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2017
Tasted blind at the Valandraud vertical at the property, the 2006 Valandraud was the first of two vintages that were 100% Merlot (the other being 2007). It was matured in 100% new oak for 21 months. It has a deep garnet... Tasted blind at the Valandraud vertical at the property, the 2006 Valandraud was the first of two vintages that were 100% Merlot (the other being 2007). It was matured in 100% new oak for 21 months. It has a deep garnet core with just a little turbidity. The bouquet is very refined, quite forward for a 2006 with raspberry coulis, crushed strawberry, dried honey and violet scents that unfurl in the glass. That cough candy signature appears only after a few minutes aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe red berry fruit. It is not as concentrated as the 2006 Troplong Mondot poured alongside, but there are plenty of attractive, saline black fruit infused with tobacco and spice box, with just a mellow and harmonious finish. Tasted December 2016. - Neal Martin
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region St Emilion
Vintage 2006