Chateau Valandraud 1998 is a remarkable Saint-Émilion wine that exemplifies the complexity and character of its vintage. It displays a deep garnet color that hints at its maturity. The nose reveals a captivating bouquet of black fruits, such as blackberries and black cherries, intertwined with subtle notes of tobacco, leather, and earthy nuances. On the palate, this wine showcases a medium to full body with a velvety texture and well-integrated tannins. Flavors of ripe plums, dark chocolate, and hints of cedar are harmoniously balanced with a touch of spice. The wine evolves gracefully on the palate, revealing layers of depth and complexity. The finish is long and persistent, leaving a lasting impression of dark fruits and a subtle touch of graphite. Chateau Valandraud 1998 is a testament to the meticulous craftsmanship and exceptional terroir, offering an exquisite experience that embodies the finesse and elegance of aged Bordeaux.
Robert Parker - 95 Points
"Tasted blind at the Valandraud vertical at the property, the 1998 Valandraud has a sweet ripe bouquet with scents of dark berries, salted licorices, tobacco and cedar that is very intense and powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. Bizarrely, it almost seems Left Bank in style with cedar and tobacco notes infusing the black fruit, the mintiness suggesting a Pauillac! I love the drive here, the focus and the slight aloofness, a wine that demands respect and is worthy of it. What a great 1998: elegant yet intense, classy yet approachable. I envisage this offering another 10-15 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted December 2016."
Antonio Galloni - 95 Points
"The 1998 Valandraud was poured blind and repeated previous showings. It has what might be termed a "blockbuster" nose, a phrase that does not really appeal to me...it is just very opulent with telltale signs of liquorish and tobacco. The palate is very well balanced and just as I discerned before, you could almost imagine it being a Left Bank in terms of flavour profile, were it not for its plush texture on the finish. Jean-Luc Thunevin made a helluva wine in this year and at 20 years it is still going strong. Tasted in London at a private lunch."