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INFORMATION OF INTEREST Chateau Valandraud 2003
Colour: It has a beautiful and expressive dark cherry colour.
Aroma: This wine is offering up notes of espresso roast, chocolate, sweet currants and cherries, and hints of minerals as well as cedar.
Taste: Expressive and pure, with copious tannins lurking behind the cascade of fruit and glycerine, this wine requires 2-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades or more.
Its highly presence of fruit made him able to take next meat dishes, like steak with mushrooms and truffle sauce.
Château Valandraud is the fruit of an incredible amount of work done by a couple: Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud, passionated by the world of wines. Following the great success with their wine merchant business in Saint Emilion, they ambitioned to have their own vineyard and produce their own wine. In 1989, they bought a small parcel of 0.6 hectare (1.48 acres) located in a small valley near Saint Emilion between Pavie-Macquin and La Clotte. The origin of the wine name is as much geographic (Val: Vallon de Fongaban), as sentimental (Andraud: Murielle's maiden name). Thus Château Valandraud was born.
Little by little, Jean-Luc Thunevin and his wife purchased several other parcels of vines, and now, the domain represents a total surface of 10 hectares (24.71 acres), located in various areas in the Saint Emilion appellation. The diversity of soils and varietals permit the production of 6 different wines: Château Valandraud, Château Valandraud Casher, Virginie de Valandraud and the 3 de Valandraud (the second wine of Château Valandraud and Virginie de Valandraud), Blanc de Valandraud N° 1 and N° 2.