Château Valandraud


Valandraud is the home property of Jean-Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud.
Château Valandraud is the achievement reached by a wine obsessed couple, Jean Luc Thunevin and Murielle Andraud.

Once having succeeded in establishing a wine merchant company in Saint Emilion( still up and running), their wish was to own a vineyard and make their own wine. Before they became Bordeaux winemakers, Jean-Luc was a successful Bordeaux wine merchant. That was the year when he and Murielle bought a small, 0.6 hectare plot of vines situated close to Chateau Pavie Macquin and Chateau La Clotte in St. Emilion. This was soon followed by another purchase further east, in St. Suplice, where they obtained 1.2 additional hectares of vines.

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Merlot – The Perfect Blend

Merlot Blend

Merlot is a red wine variety, indigenous to the Bordeaux region.
It is the predominant variety in most wines from Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, the area in which the variety originated. The variety is now widely planted in wine regions across the world.

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The Ultimate French Chardonnay

Elusive, elegant and expensive, there is no better time to indulge in great white burgundy than during the summer.

Chardonnay is originally from France’s Burgundy region, where the best white Burgundies are powerful and rich, with complex fruit flavors and notes of earth and minerals. More affordable Chardonnays from Burgundy-for instance, those simply labeled Bourgogne Blanc-are crisp and lively, with apple and lemon flavors.

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New World & Old World Wines

20170307 New World vs Old World Wine

Understanding of the difference between the old world & new world wine varieties is essential in maximizing the wine-tasting experience.

The most basic difference between Old World and New World wines is geographic: “Old World” refers to the traditional wine growing regions of Europe, while “New World” refers to everything else.

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One of the great, Left Bank Bordeaux wines

Left Bank Bordeaux wines

The Left Bank of Bordeaux. Defined as the land around the city of Bordeaux that is south or west of the river Gironne. Although the Left Bank is not necessarily a better place to find wine than the competing Right Bank, the classification system is more logical and organized. More, if not necessarily better, famed wine villages exist, and the region has a longer and more established history.

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Amazing Italy’s Wine Regions

Italy's Wine

Some of Italy’s Top Wine Regions namely Piedmont, Super Tuscans, Alto Adige.

Piedmont: Known for the big, burly wines of Barolo and Barbaresco, Piedmont sits high and tight in Italy’s northwest corner. Home to some heavy duty red wines and the ever popular, light-hearted bubbles of Moscato, this particular Italian wine region is dominated by three key grapes: Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Dolcetto. The highly concentrated, ultra dry red wines of Barolo and Barbaresco are both built on the late-ripening grape of Nebbiolo.

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Bordeaux Outstanding Vintage 2010


There is no question that 2010 will take its rightful place as a great Bordeaux vintage. It comes at the end of a golden decade with 2000, 2005 and 2009 all outstanding. Before that, one returns to 1982, 1961 and 1945 for such unqualified praise.

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Spanish Wine

Spanish vineyard

Spain, a land of breathtaking landscapes, colorful history and a deep, complex culture in which wine has long played an important role.

Grape vines have been grown on the Iberian Peninsula since at least 3000 B.C., although it was not until 1000 B.C. that winemaking began here in earnest – a skill brought by Phoenician traders from the eastern Mediterranean. Well known for rich red wines, crisp white wines, sparkling wines and the unique fortified Sherry wines.

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Rhone Valley

Rhone Valley, Chapel

Rhone Valley is a key wine-producing region in the southeast of France.

The length of the valley means that Rhone wines are the product of a wide variety of soil types and mesoclimate. While the granite-blessed slopes of the north are paired with a continental climate, the rocky, sandy soils of the flatter south enjoy the warmer winters of a Medite Prestige is also a key differentiator between the northern and southern areas of the Rhone. The south is not entirely lacking in prestige, however, as it is here that the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appellation is located.

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