Thursday, April 22, 2010

3 de Valandraud 2009 part of Right Bank Wines recommended by Neal MARTIN :

A dozen recommended 2009s:
Château Beauséjour-Bécot (well done Juliette!)
Château Bellefont-Belcier
Château Canon-la-Gaffelière
Château Canon
Château La Croix Figeac (great wine, really stood out from the pack)
Chateau Grand Corbin Despagne
Chateau Grand-Mayne
Chateau Montlandrie (an impressive Côtes de Castillon)
Chateau Moulin Saint Georges
Chateau Pavie-Macquin
Chateau La Serre (pet favourite of mine from JP Moueix)
No. 3 de Valandraud (remarkably good, even against Jean-Luc’s number ones and number twos.)

2009 No. 3 de Valandraud 91-93
Tasted at Ets. Thunevin. This has quite an elegant bouquet with blackberry, boysenberry, a whiff of smoke and scorched earth. Good definition and not over-powering. The palate is medium-bodied with fine balance and very good cohesion. Silky smooth tannins, great minerality...if you served this blind I bet a few sceptics would be surprised/aghast(?) at the winemaker. Very assured and very delicious. Tasted March 2010.

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