2009 Virginie de Valandraud Bordeaux Blend

  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • Best
    seller
  • NM 94
  • JS 94
  • WS 91

Reviews for 2009 Virginie de Valandraud Bordeaux Blend

NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, July 2013
Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. This may well be one of my favourite wines from Jean-Luc Thunevin, and this Virginie has built upon the promise it showed in barrel. It has a very refined bouquet with... Served blind at the Southwold 2009 tasting. This may well be one of my favourite wines from Jean-Luc Thunevin, and this Virginie has built upon the promise it showed in barrel. It has a very refined bouquet with raspberry, iodine and glycerine – all very composed and focused, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with a lot of oak on the entry, although it is in harmony with the fruit and it remains convincingly silky and pure on the finish. Sleek and modern, but very well crafted.
JS 94
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2012
Minerals and blackberries, with insane aromas of raspberries and blueberries. Full body, with super velvety tannins and gorgeous fruit. So much going on. So much generosity and texture. A joy to taste. Amazing second... Minerals and blackberries, with insane aromas of raspberries and blueberries. Full body, with super velvety tannins and gorgeous fruit. So much going on. So much generosity and texture. A joy to taste. Amazing second wine. Best in 2018.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, May 2012
This delivers a lovely mix of crushed blackberry, fig and raspberry fruit inlaid with toasty spice, all backed by a crumpled velvet finish that lets the fruit linger nicely. Drink now through 2020. 1,330 cases made.
JJB 92
Erich Zuver - JJ Buckley, September 2015
A focused effort that shows pure blackberry and black cherry aromas up front with a noticeable streak of vanilla behind all of the mixed fruit. The palate is full-bodied with ripe, round tannins, moderate acidity and a... A focused effort that shows pure blackberry and black cherry aromas up front with a noticeable streak of vanilla behind all of the mixed fruit. The palate is full-bodied with ripe, round tannins, moderate acidity and a very pure finish. Secondary notes of pomegranate and a hint of white pepper are present as well. There is remarkable balance here for such a robust wine and it’s quite impressive. Not a true second wine, this stands as an individual effort made from its own designated vineyard. With illustrious (and more expensive) neighbors, Bordeaux fans should take notice of this quality gem at a fraction of the cost. Though quite enjoyable with a few hours of air at this time, it should continue to develop and deliver pleasure for the next 15-20 years.