Following a tasting organized by English wine merchants, Jancis Robinson published her notes. Valandraud ends up amongst the best Bordeaux in 2008 in Saint Emilion, I also noted the confirmed success for Angelus, Cheval Blanc, Troplong Mondot which received the same rating
Ch Valandraud, Virginie de Valandraud 2008 St-Émilion 15.5 Drink 2016-2025
Dark crimson. Very Cabernet nose. Bit dry on the end but convincingly claret-like. A bit simple but well balanced. Lively finish.
Ch Valandraud 2008 St-Émilion 17.5 Drink 2017-2030
Blackish purple. Lightly toasty nose. Very dramatic and certainly tastes fully ripe. Rather beguilingly fruity, which is a rare tasting note for a 2008 St-Émilion. Not an attention-grabber but very respectable. Dense and rich with a confident savoury note on the finish.
Thank you Jancis, even though I am fully aware that this is a blind tasting where 1st growths are tasted together as well as appellations.
I also noticed that Pomerol was also the big winner with an incredible Fleur de Gay (18.5 out of 20 which was one of the wines that inspired Valandraud.
Meanwhile, demands for 2009 are coming in: following the notes from the Wine Spectator and betting taking place on those coming from the Wine Advocate.
We had calls for a few 2009 Cos d'Estournel, Angelus, Clos Fourtet, Beauséjour Duffau and Fleur Cardinale.