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Château Valandraud 2003

264.65€ (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.)

Saint Émilion

Other vintages: 2016, 2015, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002

Parker Points: 86
Peñin Points:  

264.65€ (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Tasted blind at the Valandraud vertical at the property, the 2003 Valandraud did nothing to dispel my doubts about the longevity of this wine. It is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc matured in new oak for 20 months, actually the shortest duration from 2000 to date. It has a light and rather ephemeral bouquet that just seems to drift away in the (non-existent) breeze. Despite coaxing, this offers little compared to the 2002 or 2004 either side. The palate is medium-bodied with a rather chewy, meaty opening. There is dry fruit here that lacks joie-de-vivre, some presence but not life, and it feels bitter on the finish. It is simply a case of the merciless heat of the growing season vanquishing longevity. As such, given how many Valandrauds from mediocre vintages are maturing so well, I would consume bottles in the near future. Tasted December 2016.


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