2010 Valandraud Bordeaux Blend

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  • Bordeaux Blend
  • 750ML
  • JL 98
  • WA 97
  • WS 96
  • IWC 95
  • JS 95
  • NM 93
  • JR 90

Reviews for 2010 Valandraud Bordeaux Blend

JL 98
Jeff Leve - TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2011
Murielle Andraud has been in charge of the wine making at the property since 2007. Each vintage has shown marked improvements over the previous year. 2010 is no exception. She is clearly on a roll! With a blend of 80%... Murielle Andraud has been in charge of the wine making at the property since 2007. Each vintage has shown marked improvements over the previous year. 2010 is no exception. She is clearly on a roll! With a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc the wine reached 14.5% alcohol. Coupled with a low pH of 3.55 the wine feels bright and fresh with no sensation of heat. Displaying an intense inky black purple hue the powerful perfume jumps from the glass with complex aromas of stone licorice dark berries truffle and oak. This dense rich concentrated wine is filled with sexy ripe fruit that stains your palate. Sweet boysenberry blue fruit and licorice are sensed in the long fresh harmonious sweet ripe finish. This is most compelling wine I've tasted from Valandraud yet!
WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 2013
A real classic from Thunevin's 20 acres of vineyards is the 2010 Valandraud, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. A powerful wine showing even better from bottle than it did from barrel. The classic graphite nose... A real classic from Thunevin's 20 acres of vineyards is the 2010 Valandraud, a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. A powerful wine showing even better from bottle than it did from barrel. The classic graphite nose intermixed with some licorice, sweet black cherries and black currants, forest floor and incense is on display in this powerful, super-concentrated, well-delineated wine, which is full-bodied, dense and moderately tannic. Unlike most Valandrauds, this wine will benefit from 4-5 years of cellaring and keep for 20-25 years. 97+ - Robert Parker
WS 96
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2013
This is gorgeous, with ample mocha and licorice notes that are well-embedded into the core of lushly ripe and beguiling boysenberry, blackberry and loganberry fruit. The long finish is filled with black tea, singed spice... This is gorgeous, with ample mocha and licorice notes that are well-embedded into the core of lushly ripe and beguiling boysenberry, blackberry and loganberry fruit. The long finish is filled with black tea, singed spice and fruitcake, with captivating mouthfeel and superb length, as a singed apple wood note echoes at the very end. Displays the fruit and power of the vintage, but harnesses it at the same time. Best from 2015 through 2030. – JM
IWC 95
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2013
Good deep medium ruby. Slightly high-toned, kaleidoscopic nose combines crushed blueberry, black raspberry, graphite, violet and sexy oak notes of mocha and espresso. Superripe and wonderfully sweet but with harmonious... Good deep medium ruby. Slightly high-toned, kaleidoscopic nose combines crushed blueberry, black raspberry, graphite, violet and sexy oak notes of mocha and espresso. Superripe and wonderfully sweet but with harmonious acidity leavening the wine's almost viscous ripeness. Plush, silky and utterly seamless wine with an impressively broad, slowly building finish featuring suave tannins, lingering notes of minerals and smoke and outstanding palate-saturating persistence. A great vintage for Jean-Luc Thunevin's flagship wine. Drink now or over the next 20 years.
JS 95
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, November 2013
Complex aromas of licorice, plums, incense, and tar follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a ultra-fine tannic finish. Hints of toasted oak and cedar with chocolate. Not quite the 2009 but very close. Try... Complex aromas of licorice, plums, incense, and tar follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a ultra-fine tannic finish. Hints of toasted oak and cedar with chocolate. Not quite the 2009 but very close. Try in 2017.
NM 93
Neal Martin's Wine Journal - Neal Martin's Wine Journal, April 2011
Whereas the Virginie has a classic style the Grand Vin is far more decadent with super-ripe dark cherry fruits crème de cassis vanilla extract and macerated dark cherries. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety-smooth... Whereas the Virginie has a classic style the Grand Vin is far more decadent with super-ripe dark cherry fruits crème de cassis vanilla extract and macerated dark cherries. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety-smooth entry notes of black cherries boysenberry jam crème de cassis and vanilla weighty on the finish with good persistency. You know for the first time ever I might prefer the Second wine to the Grand Vin...whatever swings your boat!
JR 90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, January 2014
Bright dark crimson. Floral and fragrant. Very polished but good refreshment. Really racy – a sort of Riesling of a St-Émilion! Great balance in a style the opposite of rustic. Long and sophisticated. Though marked... Bright dark crimson. Floral and fragrant. Very polished but good refreshment. Really racy – a sort of Riesling of a St-Émilion! Great balance in a style the opposite of rustic. Long and sophisticated. Though marked acidity. 17/20
JJB 97
Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, April 2011
Planted to 70% merlot 30% cabernet sauvignon. The nose is complex showing aromas of black cherry blackberry liqueur anise and cinnamon with a touch of mocha. Exceptional texture here this wine is luscious but with serious... Planted to 70% merlot 30% cabernet sauvignon. The nose is complex showing aromas of black cherry blackberry liqueur anise and cinnamon with a touch of mocha. Exceptional texture here this wine is luscious but with serious tannins to boot. On the palate it displays minerality and amazing purity of fruit. I cannot say enough about the quality of this effort as it is absolutely fantastic. This is one heck of a serious wine by every measure! Drink over the next 25 years.