Virginie De Valandraud

Virginie de Valandraud

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Cracking bottle from JLT. Drank alongside a bottle of bad boy (also 2015) for comparison. Both represent well, though the Virginie is a class ahead in all aspects. — a month ago

Vins Fontaine

Cuvée Unique Clos de la Collarderie Cabernet Franc 1989

Belle surprise. Dîner à la maison avec Virginie et Philippe. — 10 months ago

Château Fleur Cardinale

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

David T

On the nose, bright, lean, ripe cherries, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranate juice, vanilla, cinnamon, very light spice, wood shavings, loamy soils, dry stones, and bright red fragrant florals. The mouthfeel is lean for Bordeaux. The tannins are lighter than resolved. You can tell this is 70% Merlot & 20% Cab Franc as the cherries are singing in harmony better than the group America on the album "Horse with No Name" or for you kids "Fifth Harmony." The rest of the fruits are equally amazing, bright, lean, ripe; cherries, dark cherries, strawberries, cranberries & pomegranate juice. Vanilla, cinnamon, very light spice, wood shavings, loamy clay soils, dry, crushed, fine powdery rocks, dry stones & bright red roses/florals. This wine is pictured in the dictionary under pure elegance. The soft, round, acidity pours over the palate. The fruit driven finish goes on and on. I'm not sure this is going to continue to improve. I think it has about 5 years of good drinking left. Producer notes...Chateau Fleur Cardinale was purchased by Dominique and Florence Decoster in 2001. Prior to buying their first Bordeaux wine estate, they were in the fine porcelain and China business in the Limoges region of France. Chateau Fleur Cardinale is located next door to Valandraud & Rol Valentin & near Chateau Faugeres. Fleur Cardinale takes its name from the myriad of roses and other flowers that are planted around the estate. The 24.5-hectare St. Emilion vineyard of Fleur Cardinale is planted to 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The oldest Merlot vines are 60 years old and vineyard average is 40 years. The soils of their terroir are clay over limestone. Since 2013, the vineyard is farmed using organic, self-sustainable techniques. For the vinification, the juice undergoes a cold maceration at 5 degrees Celsius for 5 or 6 days. This is followed by alcoholic fermentation and a warm maceration for 2 to 3 weeks. All the pumping over is done by gravity, which avoids stirring the musts and stressing the yeasts. Chateau Fleur Cardinale is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. It is also good paired with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta. Photos of, the Chateau and estate vines, beautiful fruit waiting to be delivered to the Chateau and pressed, the gate entrance and barrel room. The 05 vintage is as beautiful as advertised and drinking better than the 2000's I've had in the last two years. This 05 is a steal for just under $50 when I purchased it in 2007.
— 3 years ago

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@MICHAEL COOPER It's a Sommelier thing. One of the more important things is for a Sommelier to understand are producers. Writing notes forces me to read and reread about producers. Writing it down reenforces retention. Winemakers change, wine making practices evolve and certainly every vintage is different year to year. Delectable allows me to keep my knowledge fresh and my notes available in my pocket.

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Don't get me wrong. I think it's great. I was impressed

Chateau de Valandraud

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1998

A wine that I have had many times that is starting to enter its prime drinking window showing a polished & silky texture with red berry fruits, plum, mocha, graphite, forest floor, sweet spices & tobacco. — 2 months ago

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Ets Thunevin

Mauvais Garçon (Bad Boy) Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

2015 bad boy is an excellent entry level garage wine. Red berries, back berries with silky smooth tannin. Modern Napa style from the maker of famous Valandraud. — 2 years ago

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Domaines des Braves

Macrinus Cuvée Anne Virginie

New find from Domaine des Braves. Régie sélection, older vines. First vintage 2015. Big, bold, chock full of black and purple fruit, tangy acidity, really long. Not a classic book in any sense but utterly delicious. — 3 years ago


Ribera Del Duero Tempranillo 2014

This 2014 is just released. We tasted this baby en primeur 1,5 year ago at Valandraud during week of primeurs. Ooooh & Aaaaah all over the place! We were in love.....95-96/100 at that time....97+/100 in Bottle! What a sexy multi-layered beast! Walk....NO.....RUN to the shop and BUY!!! THE no.1 value for money wine in the world. 28 euro in Europe, a STEAL! — 4 years ago

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Great note and will acquire
Lars Fischer

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Thanks John for this great recommendation👍🏻 Already ordered! What so you think is the optimal drinking window?

Virginie T. (Virginia Taittinger)

Brut Champagne

Celebrating 5 years with my sweetie!!! — 4 years ago


Eclats Brut Champagne Blend

David T

I like to thank @Severn Goodwin for his kindness & generosity for sending this beautiful bottle of Champagne.

We shared this with friends and paired this with apple walnut vinaigrette salad last night. Complimented the salad nicely. It was a nice yin and yang balanced tug of war of food & wine.

The body is beautiful in the mouth with nice acidity. Bruised apple & pear, some apple cider, pineapple juice, lime zest & candy, white peach, easy, soft chalkiness, soft, fine, grey volcanic minerals, sea spray, brioche with spring flowers and yellow lilies. Finishes softly, elegant, nicely balanced and persists nicely.

Photos of; the house of Caillez Lemaire, bottles waiting to sold, Current 18th century family Owners - Virginie and Laurent Van Poperinghe and one of their vineyards.
— 5 months ago

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Yeah! Glad it was well received! 👍👍
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@Severn Goodwin Thanks again. 👍

Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

David T

Pichon Lalande is my favorite 2nd growth with a steak.'s #SteakandClaret night to quote my buddy Gary Westby. Further, it's certainly one of my favorite producers period. I've waited for this wine to be in the bottle for 10 years before finding out definitely how good it was or wasn't. You see, the 05 Bordeaux vintage was exceptional. It's drinking right now better than 00. 00 may turn out to be better, but not for some time. The real issue was the division of scores between RP & NM. Parker had this as low as an 86 and now has it at 89. Neil Martin has been consistently at 95-96. I found it simply inexplicable that Pichon Lalande could have bombed in such a great vintage. Tonight, I know they didn't. This wine is beautiful. Although, I don't believe it will cellar as long as their some of their very best vintages and many others I've enjoyed. On the nose, bramble, ripe blackberries, dark cherries, notes of blueberries, poached strawberries, graphite, baking spices, cedar, lightly perfumed violets and dark, fresh & dry red flowers. The body is medium-medium plus, tannins nicely resolved with 10 years to be completely resolved. Fruits of; ripe blackberries, dark cherries, notes of blueberries, poached strawberries and pomegranate with a whiff of spice. There's notes of dry bramble, soft leather, fresh violets, graphite, cedar, dry stones, dark rich earth, limestone, tobacco, spice-box, vanilla, very light cinnamon & nutmeg. The finish is very long, elegant, ripe, round, smooth, good acidity and beautifully elegant...50-50 earth & fruit. I bought more bottles of this at $85 after it's was first released in futures and I do not regret it. $85 is proving to be a steal for this wine when it normally sells for between $100-$150 a bottle and higher. Might heavy up further after tonight if I find more around the same price. Oh yes...I'm with NM on the scoring. Photos of the Chateau, estate vines, newer tasting room & the Virginie de Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande. Forgive my long post, but my passion and love for this producer is profound. Producer history and I wrote in an earlier post for Pichon Baron, Pichon Baron and Lalande started as one entity. The first mention of what is now called Chateau Pichon Lalande was the creation of Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan. Pierre de Mazure de Rauzan is responsible for forming many of the top Bordeaux estates today. Pichon Lalande was given its name when Therse, the daughter of the founder received the estate as a dowry when she married Jacques de Pichon Longueville. Pichon Lalande was essentially managed by three women, Therese de Rauzan, Germaine de Lajus and Marie Branda de Terrefort. On the eve of his death in 1850, Baron Joseph de Pichon Longueville divided the property between his five children. His three daughters received Pichon Lalande and his sons Pichon Baron. What happened next was Virginie, the wife of the Count of Lalande took over the management of the estate under the name of Comtesse de Lalande. In 1850 she commissioned the popular, architect Duphot to build a residence inspired by the Hotel de Lalande, located in Bordeaux. Without heirs, Pichon Lalande passed down from aunts to nieces. Following World War I, the Miailhe brothers, bought Pichon Lalande in 1925. They were the ones who planted even more Merlot. May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, the daughter of Edouard Miailhe became the new owner and general manager of Chateau Pichon Lalande in 1978. She expand the size of Chateau Pichon Lalande from 40 hectares to it's current 89 hectares. Chateau Pichon Lalande remained in the same family for more than 250 years! In fact, over three centuries, only two families have owned Pichon Lalande. May-Eliane de Lencquesaing sold Pichon Lalande to the owners of Roederer Champagnein in January 2007. This family-run company is managed by Frederic Rouzaud who owned several other wine estates in Bordeaux; Chateau Bernadotte, Chateau de Pez, Haut Beausejour and Chateau Reaut la Graviere. He sold Chateau Bernadotte in December 2012. In February, 2011, Sylvie Cazes was named the director of Chateau Pichon Lalande. She replaced Gildas d’Ollone. Sylvie Cazes was replaced in 2012 by current Director Nicolas Glumineau, who was previously at Chateau Montrose. In 2012, Pichon Lalande renovated the estate with a budget estimated at over 15 Million Euros. The new facilities included; building of a new underground barrel aging cellar and several new that houses their new tasting room as shown. This renovation provided numerous improvements in their wine making. Most importantly, in the vinification. They created a new, triple tiered, cellar where everything moves by gravity. They also added numerous new, stainless steel, temperature controlled, double skinned vats. These new vats allow Pichon Lalande to vinify on a parcel by parcel basis as well as get much softer & gentle extractions. The 89 hectare vineyard of Chateau Pichon Lalande is located adjacent to Chateau Latour and and across the road from Pichon Baron. The terroir of Chateau Pichon Lalande is deep gravel with clay and limestone soil and is planted to; 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. — 3 years ago

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Awesome, I would even just love to smell the 1879!
François Hugueniot

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2005 is not the best Pichon comtesse lack of concentration not very good maturity not at the level for the vintage. The opinion of a French winemaker in médoc area
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@François Hugueniot Thank you for your note. I appreciate you joining the conversation. However, I never said, this 05 was the best vintage of Pichon Lalande or wine of the vintage. I simply believe it's much better than Parker has given it credit and I was more inline with Neil Martin's evaluation. I've certainly had better 05's and better vintages of Pichon Lalande. In fact, I made mention in my post that as much as I enjoyed it the other night, I didn't think 05 would cellar as long as many of their other vintages. I do agree their 05 is not as concentrated as I would expect from them. However, it doesn't mean that wasn't enjoyable or taste good. Especially, paired with a very good Ribeye. Also, it was all the better for purchasing it for well under original release pricing. Cheers. 🍷