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This is well endowed, with thick, velvety layers of crushed fig, boysenberry and blackberry fruit that meld with racy graphite notes. Lots of licorice root and alder accents line the finich, giving the fruit a textural context.
Valandraud started as a 0.6 ha (1.5 acre) vineyard in an unheralded section of St. Émilion, when it was purchased in 1989 by Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud. Jean-Luc had owned a very small wine shop in St. Émilion. The origin of the Valandraud name is both geographical and sentimental: “Val” is from Vallon de Fongban, the original name of the vineyard and “Andraud” is Murielle’s maiden name. The white wines (Valandraud Blanc and Virginie de Valandraud Blanc) are made by Murielle Andraud.
Virgine de Valandraud is a second label to Château Valandraud. This beautiful white wine is grown in a bed of clay rich soil over limestone, and is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for 10 to 12 months in 20% new oak with the rest in second and third use barrels.