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2 avril 2007 1 02 /04 /avril /2007 08:11

Quelques  rapides infos....

Voici la liste des vins présents à Valandraud cette semaine  (du 2 au 6avril, de 9h à 18 h) avec souvent la présence des propriétaires, vous êtes bien sûr tous invités ! Aujourd'hui, nous attendons environ 200 personnes : négociants, courtiers, propriétaires, importateurs, acheteurs GD, journalistes et critiques.


        Les propriétés de Jean-Luc Thunevin

 2006 Câteau Valandraud-Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Virginie de Valandraud-Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006  de Valandraud - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006  Clos Badon-Thunevin  - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

 2006  Chateau Bel Air Ouÿ -Saint Emilion Grand Cru


2006 Château Prieuré Lescours  - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Blanc de Valandraud N°1 - Bordeaux blanc          

2006  Blanc de Valandraud N°2   - Bordeaux blanc

2006 Château Bellevue de Tayac- Margaux

2006  L’Enclos du Beau Père   - Pomerol

2006 Domaine des Sabines - Lalande de Pomerol


 En copropriété avec Jean Roger Calvet, Marie Raynaud, Murielle Andraud et Marylène Vauthier :


2006  Domaine Calvet-Thunevin  « Les Dentelles » - Côtes du Roussillon Villages

2006   Domaine Calvet-Thunevin  « Hugo »- Côtes du Roussillon Villages

2006   Domaine Calvet-Thunevin « Les Trois Marie » -Côtes du Roussillon Villages

2006  Domaine Calvet-Thunevin    -  Maury




En copropriété avec Clément Fayat  :

2006   Domaine Fayat-Thunevin -  Pomerol

 2006   Domaine Fayat-Thunevin   -  Lalande de Pomerol





·        Vins sélectionnés et distribués en exclusivité par les Ets. Thunevin

2006 Calvet-Thunevin et Cie  « Constance » -Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

2006 Château Franc Maillet- Cuvée Jean Baptiste - Pomerol

2006 Presidial Thunevin - Bordeaux

2006 Clos del Rey et Mas del Rey- Côtes du Roussillon

2006 Baby del Rey - Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

2006 Château Compassant (en fermage) - Bordeaux

2006 Château Lafont Fourcat - Bordeaux rouge et blanc


·       Jean-Luc Thunevin consultant ou gérant


2006  Château Haut Mazeris  - Canon Fronsac et Fronsac

2006 Château de Carles -  Fronsac

2006  Haut-Carles  -  Fronsac

2006 Château Fleur Cardinale -  Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

2006 Château La Dominique - Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

2006 Château Clément Pichon  -  Haut Médoc Cru Bourgeois

2006 Château Prieurs de La Commanderie - Pomerol

2006 Château La Commanderie de Mazeyres - Pomerol

2006 Marojallia - Margaux

2006 Clos Margalaine - Margaux





·       Et les vins de nos amis 



2006 Château Croix de Labrie - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Château du Parc - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Château Busqueyron - Bordeaux rouge et blanc

2006 Château Veyry  - Côtes de Castillon

2006  Clos Puy Arnaud (Valette) - Côtes de Castillon

2006  Vieux Château Gachet - Lalande de Pomerol

2006 Château La Sergue    - Lalande de Pomerol

2006 Château Franc Maillet - Pomerol

2006 Château Le Gay - Pomerol

2006 Château La Croix Figeac - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Château les Gravières - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Lynsolence - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Château Côte de Baleau - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Clos de Sarpe - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Charles de Sarpe - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Gracia -Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006  Les Angelots de Gracia  - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006  Château Villhardy - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Château les Grandes Murailles -  Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

2006 Clos Saint Martin - Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

2006  La Mauriane - Puisseguin Saint Emilion

2006  Château Gachon - Montagne Saint Emilion

2006 Château de la Cour d’Argent  -  Bordeaux rouge

2006  Château Quinault  -  Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Château Serilhan - Saint Estèphe

2006 Château Moutinot - Saint Estèphe

2006 Château Rollan de By - Médoc

2006 Château Haut Condissas - Médoc

2006  Château La Clare - Médoc

2006  Arche Lafaurie - Sauternes

2006  Château D’Arche - Sauternes

2006  Château Pape Clément - Graves

2006  Château Fombrauge - St Emilion Grand Cru

2006 Château Tour Carnet - Haut Médoc Grand Cru Classé

2006  Château Les Grands Chênes - Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur

2006   Magrez Fombrauge - St Emilion Grand Cru

2006  Château Machorre  - Bordeaux

2006  Villa Machorre - Bordeaux

2006  Château de Laussac - Côtes de Castillon

2006  Château Beau Soleil    -  Pomerol

2006 Château Sénéjac - Haut Médoc

2006  Château Clos Chaumont -1ères Côtes de Bordeaux

2006   Château Petit Gravet Ainé - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006   Clos Saint Julien - Saint Emilion Grand Cru

2006   Le Plus de La Fleur de Boüard  - Lalande de Pomerol

 2006 Château Branda - Puisseguin Saint Emilion

2006  Château Pas de l’Ane - Saint Emilion

2006  Château La Couspaude -  Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classé

2006  Château Messile-Aubert  - Montagne Saint Emilion

2006 Château Jean de Gué  - Lalande de Pomerol

2006 Château Rouget - Pomerol



2006  Le Grand A d’Arguti -Vin de Pays de Côtes Catalanes

2006 Domaine Chiroulet Grande Réserve  - VDP de Gascogne   

2006 Château Montus  Alain Brumont - Madiran         

2006  Château Bouscassé  Alain Brumont - Madiran

2006  Domaine de la Serre - Côtes du Roussillon

2006  Domaine Terre Rousse - Côtes du Roussillon Villages

2006  Domaine L’Eternel - Côtes du Roussillon Villages

2006  Coume del Mas Schistes - Collioure

2006  Quadratur de la Coume del Mas - Collioure

2006  Quintessence de la Coume del Mas - Banyuls

2006  La Sélection de Brigitte Chevalier - Languedoc

2006  Clos des fées  Vieilles Vignes - Côtes du Roussillon

2006  Clos des fées Les Sorcières - Côtes du Roussillon

2006  La petite Sibérie  - Côtes du Roussillon


2006    Pingus - Espagne  Ribera del Duero

2006    Tenuta di Trinoro - Italie 

2006   Domaine Schlossgutdiel - Allemagne


 Lundi 2 avril  matin : Vega Sicilia   :




 Valbuena 5°



Sinon, pour se détendre, sur le blog de James Suckling (via le site du Wine Spectator), 2  podcasts et un excellent poisson d'avril nous concernant  :

James Suckling Uncorked

 No Words Are Just For This Wine!

 Posted: 04:38 AM ET, April 01, 2007

 It’s been a long week tasting in Bordeaux. The tannins of the 2006s are very strong. Most are slightly austere due to the tannins being slightly unripe or over extracted but the best wines of the vintage have managed to maintain ripeness in their tannins giving them a silky texture and light sweetness of fruit on the end. I tasted the 2006 Haut-Bailly yesterday and it is a case in point. This chateau did very well in 2006.

One other wonderful wine I tasted yesterday was the unbelievable super cuvee of Jean-Luc Thunevin, the owner of Valandraud and the garagiste maximo. His new wine is called Le Jardin de Ma Piscine. It is a micro-cuvee of pure Cabernet Franc. And it blows away anything I have ever tasted....

The wine comes from four-year old vines that he has planed in his swimming pool in St. Emilion. He took soil from nearby Cheval Blanc and filled his pool. Apparently, Pierre Lurton of Cheval did not know this. Thunevin and his wife would go out after mid-night each night for about four months and fill the trunk of their Mercedes and transported the precious soil to their home. They have in my opinion replicated, even improved, the great terroir of Cheval.

Moreover, they have a completely controlled microclimate. I saw the vineyard, which is planted at a density of 20,000 vines. The yield is about one or two bunches per vine! It is definitely a jardin deluxe! It has heating as well as air conditioning and there is a clear awning to protect the vineyard during rainstorms. For example, last year’s rains during the harvest had no effect because the awing protected the young vines from the moisture and attracted what little sunlight there was as well.

The ultra-ripe grapes were then harvested by hand – and only the hands of Thunevin himself. He then sorted them in his famous laundry room, where he now conducts tastings for visitors during futures tastings in Bordeaux. And the whole berries were fermented in what look like giant martini shakers. “We hand shake, instead of pump over,” said Thunevin. “This gives us much softer extractions than normal macerations. And I want my wine completely hand made.”

The wine completed its malo in new French oak from Hermes, of course. And they have already been racked into another set of new oak barrels to assure the highest amount of fine wood contact in the world. How is the wine? It blew me away. It showed mind-boggling aromas of blackberries, raspberries, chocolate (Valrohna, of course!), caviar, Dom Perignon, Chanel, Ferrari…anything ultra-expensive and chic. I was so in love with it that I didn’t know whether to drink it or drive it….

Anyway, it is mostly likely 100 points. And Thunevin could tell I loved his new micro cuvee, Le Jardin de Ma Piscine. THIS MEANS YOU PROBABLY WON'T BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT. BUT I BELIEVE IN THE TOOTH FAIRY SO IT MIGHT BE REASONABLY PRICED. I asked Thunevin if is he was worried about the pricing of his wine because everyone else in Bordeaux was going to have to cut theirs big time to sell 2006 this year. I have heard that Berry Brothers of London are asking for a reduction of 70 percent, because their margins were too low last year on the 2005s! But I think that the Bordelais should simply give their wines away this year. They made enough last year…what the hell!

Thunevin answered with a big smile, “I have not decided on the price. But it will be hard to reduce my price to the 2004 level, or reduce it at all, considering this is the first year I have made this very special wine!”

I could only say to him in response: April Fools!


Et sur le forum de Mark Squires, ce bon score obtenu par Valandraud 1998:


  • 1998 Valandraud - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
    Full soft red color. Forward nose of ripe red fruit with nice green pepper and briar hints. Mmmn, rich round black and red fruit on the palate with sweet notes of chocolate. Delicious and hedonistic. This is clearly a different animal from the rest of the right bankers at this tasting and I can see the concern about style differences (this tastes as California as it does Bordeaux), but I thought it was great - my WOTN. Now whether it is worth the premium, hmmmmn... (95 pts.)





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    Baraou 04/04/2007 14:57

    Mardi en fin de matinée j'ai cherché la piscine et les vignes... Je suis revenu charmé par Gracia ! Certainement a-t-il maçonné la piscine.