CHATEAU VALANDRAUD Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010

top100-ico2013 Top 100 - Rank # 60
It's not often when a wine is considered to be perfection or shows no obvious flaw, but the 2010 Chateau Valandraud is one of those very rare wines. Every part of this wine works together seamlessly, coming together in perfect harmony. The appearance is amazing, displaying an incredible pitch-dark color. Then comes the seductive aromas of freshly ripe blackberries, sweet currants and dark cherries, which are layered with roasted coffee, leather, pain grille, mint, Indian spices, scorched earth and toasty notes. This demonstrates incredible power, depth and remarkable concentration. The rich texture is well structured around beautiful polished tannins, which end in an ultra-long, supple finish that leaves behind a mouthful of delicious dark fruits. The blend consists of 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 1% Carmenere and spent 30 months in 100% new oak barrels. Readers looking to pull the cork on this right now will certainly not be disappointed, as it is extremely approachable with some air contact, but it also has the potential to last decades. (Best 2014-2030) - June, 2013 (JD)

100 Points


Suggested Price: $380

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