Valandraud 2004 (1.5L)
Type: Red Wine Volume: 1500ml
Country: France Region: Bordeaux
District: St Emilion Grand Cru
Classification: Premier Grand Cru Classe B - St Emilion Production:
Alcohol: 14% abv Packing: Original Wooden Case of 3 bottles
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
(WA=91) Tasted blind at the Valandraud vertical at the property, the 2004 Valandraud was picked between 13 and 18 October and consists of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. It has a more rounded and fruit-driven bouquet than the 2004 Cheval Blanc, with red plum, Hoi Sin, marmalade and even dried honeyed aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, rounded and caressing tannin. There is impressive body and concentration for 2004, quite grippy in the mouth and it fans out with conviction on the finish with raspberry coulis, wild strawberry, white pepper and cedar notes. This shows up its 2003 counterpart and it should drink well for another 8-10 years. Tasted December 2016.
(WS=90) Dark ruby in colour, with intense aromas of blackberry, liquorice and toasty oak. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a medium finish. Solid for the vintage. Best after 2010.
(JS=90) A sweet tobacco with chocolate and dark fruits. Subtle yet full and silky with a hint of austerity. Bright and fresh. Little lean at the finish. Drink now.