Opulent, racy, floral, mineral, elegant. Black fruits, oak and pepper are evident. The wine is drinking from now but has the stuffing and balance to go a lot longer. Match with hare or firm cheese. I love this wine, a great value Grand Cru Classe St-Emilion from an awesome vintage.
Chateau Valandraud is the original Garagiste of St-Emilion. Disrupting the status quo and literally making wine in their garage. It broke all the rules and has since been excepted into the fold and spawned many more Garagistes. The stull is oaky, ripe, modern and powerful. From 8.88ha across multiple terroirs in St-Emilion, they make a handful of reds and whites.
With approximately 5400 hectare planted it is a vast appellation with a few distinct personalities. Like the famous neighbour Pomerol the wines are Merlot dominant and offer the silk, perfume and charm that Merlot can give. The best of the wines will live as long as, if not longer than most Left Bank wines and often cost two or three times more.
It gets a tough time most of the places it is grown. But in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion Merlot not only dominates but makes some of the best wines in the world. Perfume, silky and plush. Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon season the wines with structure and acid but in some places, like Petrus they are almost not needed.
Is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux but also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highlight aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.
Having tasted a few vintages of Bordeaux in my time I have no doubt that this will be one of the best in the modern era. I feel that 2010 is on a par for different reasons and 2005 exceeds them both, but it is a small margin.