Château Valandraud

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Château Valandraud, or Château de Valandraud, is Bordeaux wine producer situated in the Saint-Émilion appellation, promoted to Premier Grand Cru Classé in the 2012 Classification of Saint-Emilion wine.[1] The winery is located on the Right Bank of France’s Bordeaux wine region in the commune of Saint-Émilion.

The winery also produces the second wines, Virginie de Valandraud and 3 de Valandraud, and the Kosher wine Château Valandraud Kosher.[2]

History[edit]

Jean-Luc Thunevin[edit]

In 1989 Jean-Luc Thunevin and his wife Murielle Andraud bought a 0.6-hectare (1.5-acre) plot in Saint-Émilion near Château Pavie-Macquin. Further plots in the region were acquired over the years, in locations such as Saint-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens and Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse, and a former garage to be used as a winery, releasing the first vintage in 1991 of 1,500 bottles priced at 13. Exemplified as a typical "microchâteau",[3] Thunevin is closely associated with the "garagiste" movement, and the wine is described as the pioneer "Vin de garage".[4][5][6] In 1995, Valandraud was given a better rating by Robert Parker than Château Pétrus,[7] and by 1997 the Valandraud bottle price was set at €91. The 2005 vintage was set at €165.[8]

The Thunevins have since taken on several projects, including the first "garage wine"' of Médoc, Marojallia,[9] and acting as négociant distributor for several estates from Bordeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon and elsewhere, including Château Ausone, Gracia, Harlan Estate and Dominio de Pingus.

Jean-Luc Thunevin is among the wine personalities satirised next to Robert Parker in the 2010 bande dessinée comic book, Robert Parker: Les Sept Pêchés capiteux.[10][11]

Production[edit]

The vineyard area currently extends 4.5 hectares (11 acres), with the grape varieties composed of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. The annual production of the Grand Vin is typically 15,000 to 20,000 bottles.[8]

Other labels produced include the Virginie de Valandraud, 3 de Valandraud, Château Valandraud Kosher, Blanc de Valandraud N° 1 and N° 2, Bad Boy, and the declassified non-vintage vin de table L’Interdit de V……d which was not allowed by INAO to vintage date the 2000 harvest or be designated as a Saint-Émillion wine.[12]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Mustacich, Suzanne. "St.-Emilion Issues a Surprising New Classification". Wine spectator. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Arnold, Eric, Wine Spectator (2006-04-10). "Château Valandraud Tries to Take Kosher Wine to New Heights". 
  3. ^ winepros.com.au. The Oxford Companion to Wine. "microchateau". 
  4. ^ Robinson, Jancis, jancisrobinson.com (2004-04-10). "Bordeaux 2003 - such mixed fortunes". 
  5. ^ Kissack, Chris, thewinedoctor.com. "Four from Jean-Luc Thunevin". 
  6. ^ Kissack, Chris, thewinedoctor.com. "Chateau Lezongars". 
  7. ^ Jefford, Andrew, Waitrose Food Illustrated (November 2007). "Garage Guidance". 
  8. ^ a b Thunevin, Jean-Luc, Jean-Luc Thunevin's Blog (2008-05-01). "Transparency". 
  9. ^ Robinson, Jancis, jancisrobinson.com (2001-04-05). "Bordeaux 2000 - tasting notes". 
  10. ^ Kakaviatos, Panos, Decanter.com (October 12, 2010). Robert Parker 'honoured' by merciless cartoon satire
  11. ^ Thunevin, Jean-Luc, thunevin.blogspot.com (October 11, 2010). Hilarious duo
  12. ^ Parker, Robert M. Jr, (2003). Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide. New York: Simon & Schuster. pp. 382–383. ISBN 978-0-7432-2931-9. 

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