The 2015 Virginie De Valandraud is a gem made from 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, brought up all in new barrels. This beauty is loaded with notions of ripe black raspberries, cassis, and toasty oak, and hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, sweet tannin, and a great finish. It’s not the most intellectual wine, yet ticks all the right hedonistic pleasure boxes and is perfect for drinking over the coming 10-15 years.
The second wine of Château Valandraud, this is rich, spicy with great fruit and firm tannins. The wood aging is still showing but it will soon integrate better with the ripeness of the rich fruit. This wine has weight, plenty of black fruit and acidity. (RV)
The 2015 Virginie de Valandraud is a gorgeous, fleshy second wine endowed with real character. Black cherry, smoke, mocha, chocolate and licorice are nicely delineated in the glass. The 2015 needs at least a year or two in bottle to be at its best, as the tannins are a bit forbidding, especially for a second wine meant to be enjoyed in its youth. There is quite a bit to look forward to, once the wine comes together a bit more fully. (AG)
Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Virginie de Valandraud offers up red cherries and mulberries on the nose with florals and earth hints plus a touch of cinnamon. The medium to full-bodied palate is velvety and seductive with lovely expression and depth, finishing perfumed. (LPB) 91+
Lovely, with an open-knit, flattering display of plum sauce and creamed raspberry notes infused with light anise, cocoa and fruitcake hints. Ready to go. (JM, Web-2018)
At once fresh and mellow this is a prototypical St.-Emilion with plenty of depth and ripe blackberry fruit. Very satisfying now or in 2019 and 2020.
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