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Château Valandraud

The winery is located in Saint-Emilion in the same area (Bordeaux). In 1989, Jean-Luc Thunevin and his wife Murielle Andraud bought a small plot of 0.6 hectares between Château Pavie-Macquin and Château La Clotte, There was a consultation by the famous starologist Michel Rolland, The first produced vintage was in 1991. The vineyards were greatly enlarged in the sequence; in 1998 by purchase of the former Château Bel-Air Ouy at Saint-Etienne de Lisse. At the winery will become one of the most famous Garage wines produced. Thunevin is considered the inventor of these extreme specifications and thus perfectionistically produced wines, as well as his winery as an absolute top address. A special feature is that in 2012 the classification of "Grand Cru" on "Premier Grand Cru Classé B" succeeded.

The vineyards cover a total of 15 hectares of vineyards. Nine hectares are with the red wine varieties Merlot (66%), Cabernet Franc (33%) and Malbec = Cot (1%). But only a part of it from best locations is used for the first wine. The vintage 2000 came from only 3.5 hectares and was assembled from Merlot (70%) and Cabernet Franc (30%). The first secret of high quality is an extreme yield restriction, on a vine grow only six grapes. It is systematic Defoliation, as well as rigorous thin out, Any not 100% correct berry is removed. It will be an optimal one physiological maturity the grapes are waiting.

For the first wine is only the run juice is used (no pressing), also no beautiful and no filtration, Then the wine is aged 18 to 22 months in 100% new oak barrels. For the vintages 1995 and 1996 even an expansion in 200% of new oak was done. First, the malolactic fermentation carried out in 100% new barriques, then followed the Soutirage (Separate from the Hefesatz) and then a decanting in turn to 100% new barriques. The decades-storable wine has an extremely dark color, tremendously dense extracts and pronounced tannins, The sale is exclusively in subscription, A bottle costs at least € 300. Older vintages are among the most expensive wines in the world,

The second wine is called "Virginie de Valandraud" and is named after the daughter. He is similarly vinified, but used to press wine. Other wines are called "Clos Baron Thunevin" (of 6.5 hectares of own vineyards, each 50% Merlot and Cabernet Franc) and "L'Interdit de Valandraud" (like the first or second wine). The latter is produced by two hectares, the vineyards are covered with plastic sheets to protect the roots from rain. The INAO but has outclassed him as table wine. With "L'Interdit" (in German "The Forbidden") Thunevin has visibly humorously referred to the INAO decision or very pointedly "protested" against it. Since the year 2001 is also a kosher red wine produced from Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

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