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Chateau Valandraud 2016 - Case of 12 Bottles (75cl)

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    The 2016 Chateau Valandraud is picked between 5 October to 15 October for the last Cabernet Franc, delivering 14.5% alcohol, less than in 2015. It has a very mineral-driven bouquet thanks to the limestone soils (please refer to the January 2017 issue of Wine Advocate where I examine the terroir of Valandraud). The palate is succulent on the entry with fine tannin, crisp and focused with superb definition, a little more finesse than the 2015 last year with a slightly confit-like finish that grips the mouth. It will require five or six years to really mellow and shave off those edges, but this will be a seductive 2016 from Jean-Luc Thunevin. Drink Date 2022 - 2045

    Country/Region: France, Saint-Emilion 

    Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc 10%, Merlot 90%

    Packaging: OWC - 12x750ml

    Robert Parker: 95-97 /100