Chateau Valandraud 3 de Valandraud Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015
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PRODUCER: Chateau Valandraud is the main achievement of a wine obsessed couple, Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Chateau Valandraud was born in 1991on a 0.6 HA Vineyard bought with all the couple's savings.
VINEYARD: The 8.88 ha estate is now fully based on the clayey-limestone hills and slopes of Saint Etienne de Lisse, with an eclectic array of grape varieties : Merlot 65 %, Cabernet Franc 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Malbec 4%, Carmenère 1%.
WINEMAKING: The harvest is done manually, the grapes being first sorted by the harvest crew directly in the vineyard, they then go through another sorting. Stainless steel, wooden and concrete tanks are where the vinification process starts, with pigeage by hand, remontages, during a 3 weeks maceration. Malolactic fermentation is done in barrels. Ageing : 18 to 30 months in 100% new oak Blending (varies with every vintage.)
TASTING NOTES: Initial aroma is almost Bourgogne. Very flowery leathery.
Forest floor minerals herbal complexity in light smooth palate.