Virginie de Valandraud 2014
• Domaine: Château Valandraud
• Appellation (AOC): Saint-Emilion
• Classification: 2nd wine, 1er Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Emilion
"The 2014 Virginie de Valandraud was surprisingly closed when I tasted it, although there is a sense of coiled up energy here, as if to say, come back in a couple of years. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin, a keen thread of acidity, surprising backbone and body with a vibrant, mineral-rich finish. This has great potential, but I would be wary of opening it too soon." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (3/31/2017, Interim Issue), Ratings: 91, Drink: 2020-2035
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