2009 Virginie de Valandraud, St-Emilion

Critic score
94/100

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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Saint-Emilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    70% Merlot
    30% Cabernet Franc
  • Maturity
    Ready 2018 - 2026
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2009 Virginie de Valandraud, St-Emilion

TASTING NOTES

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.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (July 2013)
94/100

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.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (February 2012)
94/100