Thursday, May 10, 2007


I found a few comments surfing the net:
On Mark Squires BB, comments posted by Jörgen Lindström:

Calvet-Thunevin Hugo 2003
Amazing richness already on the nose here, revealing sweet, dark berries, mineral and gorgeous oak elements. Full-bodied, with serious amounts of sweet tannin, and concentrated crushed, black berry fruit, cherries supported by integrated oak. High alcohol finish where the Carignan-acidity keeps it long and interesting. Not for everybody, though. (Carignan/Grenache with some Syrah) Now-2012. 94 p.

Calvet-Thunevin Les 3 Marie 2004
Totally complex nose! Intensely fruity, very young where soil components are centred, and lots of quality fruit creates interest. This is oozing stuff. Full-bodied with dry Port similarities, finishing very long with a wall of tannin – but all positive. One of the biggest wines I’ve ever had. Controversial old vine Grenache macerated for 50 days and aged in 100% new oak for 18 months. 2009-2020. 98 p.

Chateau Valandraud 3 de Valandraud 2003.
Plush, really cool stuff, with ripe, dark berry fruit, and a freshly cut herbaceous “green” edge which balances the otherwise forward nose. Medium-bodied+ with overall great balance, and a long, fruit-driven finish supported by mineral traces. 92 p.

Chateau Valandraud Virginie de Valandraud 2003.
Stepping upwards, this is bigger and more intense, with greater mid-palate concentration, also more oak, but all balanced to perfection. Great stuff from now through 2012. 94 p.

And a comment from Denmark....Valandraud 2006 according to Izak Litwar:

"The powerful, beautifully shaped, nuanced and impeccably made Valandraud scored also 93p."

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