Château Virginie de Valandraud

Jean-Luc Thunevin became a "star" of the wine world in less than a decade thanks to his famous "garage wine" Castle Valandraud. This is probably during a tasting Le Pin, Pomerol from a small vineyard, he had the desire to achieve in turn an exceptional wine. Thanks to his passion for wine, his determination and his determination, he made his vow with the first vintage in 1991 Château Valandraud. This year marks the beginning of a great adventure and a dazzling success. He then becomes the inspirer and initiator of many other garage wines. All these micro-wineries from low yields produce wines concentrated. This is Murielle, his wife, who supervises itself the most painstaking care of the vines: size for each foot, systematically stripping, green harvest to voluntarily limit the number of bunches per vine. For his part, Jean-Luc seeks the optimal maturity of the grapes to start the harvest; He also adopted the Burgundian techniques punching down and stirring on the lees to give an optimal concentration. Wines are produced with a constant concern for excellence and prove large and ripe. Born in 1992 as a second wine, Virginie de Valandraud has since conquered his "pedigree" to become in 1997 a full wine resulting from vineyards going beyond those of Valandraud.

AOC Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Two A.O.C. (Controlled name of origin) share the territory, Saint-Emilion and Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. This region produces wines that are globally imitated but never equalled: Chateau Ausone, Chateau Petrus and Chateau Angelus to name but a few. Yet the historical recognition of wines from the right bank happened later than the Grave or Medoc. Even though wine has been produced since the time of the Roman conquest in the 11th century, the interest in this region only began during the construction of the bridge across the Dordogne in 1820. Everything here is different from other regions around Bordeaux: limestone soil, the climate has a slight maritime influence and strong temperature fluctuations, and the vast majority of grapes grown is Merlot. This gives the wine a bright and fruity roundness that makes them very accessible and pleasant in their early youth with an aging potential as important as the Grands Crus Classés Medoc from the best producers. Saint Emilion is perhaps the most accessible region to discover the Grands Vins de Bordeaux.  The “Grand Cru” appellation is characterized by the qualitative selection, regularly revised, an output limited to 40hl/ha and raising minimum 12 months.
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