Saturday, January 22, 2011

I read in a beautiful magazine called The World of Fine Wine, tasting notes of 2006, by Michael Schuster, Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve and wonderful comments on Valandraud and Virginie de Valandraud 2006:

Château Valandraud 2006 - 17.5
MB : Great color ; intense and noble violet-like nose ; perfect ripeness, great length ; perhaps more Pomerol in character than St-Emilion ! Refined winemaking, seductive and complex –lovely. 17.5

TD : The same soft and mellow body as Virginie, but much longer and intense. Great hedonistic style, with a perfect balance and a long depth. 18
MS : Sweet, restrained nose; generous middleweight wine, fresh and tannic, a fine, long –term constitution; rich, ample, powerful, tannic; masses of flavor within the firm tannin texture; long in ripe fruit, powerful in flavor, complex and complete, with excellent length. An aromatic and a powerful expression of St-Emilion, needing at least 8-10 years. 2018-35. 17.5

Virginie de Valandraud – 15.5
MB :
Great color, rich and intense body, tannin on the dry and heavy side but not overwhelming; excellent intensity but lacking the refinement of texture of the best. 16
TD : soft and mellow; charming but not enough intensity. 15
MS : Soft, sweet, vital, mature fruit on the nose; very nicely balanced, firmly dry, medium-full wine; fine, ripe, scented, minerally fruit of moderate complexity, a little wood dry. Needs time. 2014-20. 15.5

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