It’s a nice way to visit the vineyards. It will also be a good way to get a feel for the area, its smells, work being done in the various chateaux, the terroir, etc… and, of course, all the meal and drinks without felling guilty for the extra weight gained during tastings done in the various cellars.
Decanter published the results of a blind tasting of the 2005 vintage.
8 wines from Saint Emilion received 5 stars: Château Faugères, Château Fonplégade, Château La Croizille, Château La Fleur Morange, Château La Gomerie, Château Trottevieille, Château Valandraud, Clos des Jacobins.
Here are the comments for Valandraud 2005 : “ Dark and healthy looking. Savoury, well –integrated perfume. Real attack and confidence. Lots of tannins here but it’s ripe and well hidden and there’s enough freshness to keep the wine appetising. Pretty dry finish for the moment. Obviously a long-term wine. 8-21 years”(JR)